The Advocacy Checklist is a simple and effective means of ensuring that older people are recognised as the experts on themselves and what best reflects their needs and wants. It’s a clear way of demonstrating that organisations will help older people speak up, and be involved in the decisions about how they are going to best enjoy life as we all age together.
If you or someone you care about is an older person and has links to an organisation and service, look for the Advocacy Checklist logo, so that you know that there are systems in place for that older person to voice their needs and wants in a supported way – no matter what the issue is.
How lovely!😍If you’re wondering what the secret is to a long and happy marriage, you could ask Derek and Sheila, who have just celebrated their blue sapphire anniversary 💎
The couple marked the special occasion with a trip to the seaside, complete with an afternoon tea and stroll along the promenade.
They first met when they were both employed at a glassworks, where Sheila was working as a secretary and Derek was an electrician. They were part of a group of friends who would go dancing at weekends to local ballrooms. They married in 1957 after courting for a couple of years.
Derek worked at the glassworks for 50 years, while Sheila left her job there to raise their sons, before later returning to secretarial work in a hospital.
When asked about the secret to their 65-year marriage, Sheila said “We just fit in with what suits one another. We do things together but also give each other space when we want it.”
Did you know that globally 1 in 6 people aged 60 years and older experience abuse in the community every year? 😟Rates in institutions are even higher. 😪
Yet the abuse of older people (also known as elder abuse) IS STILL a low global priority! 😯
The UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021–2030 has taken a step to address this and they are offering a 10-year opportunity for how we tackle the abuse of older people is tackled.
Their strategy is:
✅ combat ageism; ✅ generate more and better data on prevalence and on risk and protective factors; ✅ develop and scale up cost–effective solutions; ✅ make an investment case for addressing the issue; and ✅ raise funds to tackle the issue.
Oh no! The digital revolution - helpful and wonderful as it can be to so many - is once again being brought into to play to remove something that many older people rely upon.
We have spoken recently about the difficulty of parking when you can only pay for your space online. Now it looks like buying a train tickets is going the same way!
How would you feel if your local ticket office was closed? Would you and any older people in your life be able to cope with buying all their travel tickets online? Would it deter you from making any travel plans? Let us know in the comments below!
MILLIONS of elderly people fear being shut out from travelling on the UK's rail network amid fears all ticket offices could be shut, forcing them to buy tickets online under plans to save to £500mill...
Many of us find ourselves in situations where we need to support people in expressing themselves or speaking out. But help is at hand! The National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes has organised a Zoom event which will explore how we can do this more effectively and some of the barriers that we might face. It will be of interest to anyone that is concerned about equality and building more inclusive communities. Those involved in any role within advocacy, health, social, education, community and pastoral work will find this session to be of relevance to their work.
Wednesday 6th July – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
The session will include:
Ø How advocacy or supporting people in speaking up relates to our daily lives and work
Ø An introduction to the concept of informal advocacy and the various other advocacy roles
Ø Understanding how conflicts of interest arise and the importance of independent advocacy in avoiding these
Ø Working holistically to promote and protect human rights
Ø A brief history of, and background to, the development of the different models of advocacy
The session will be held via Zoom and will be led by Joe Monaghan of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes