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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.
24 hours ago
Here's a staggering statistic for you. According to new research undertaken by Age Scotland, only "One in five older people (21%) feel “valued”, while more than a third feel a “burden to society”.😞
Is this just the case in Scotland? What about our older people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Are there places in the UK where it is a lovely place to live whilst we age?
Click to read the full story and then do please let us know.
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4 days ago
Our friends at Age UK Manchester have this exciting opportunity for anyone in Greater Manchester wanting to improve the lives of older people.
Do you want to be part of promoting ageing well in Greater Manchester?
Greater Manchester Age UKs are joining together to encourage community minded neighbours to join one of our nine individual, local boards. Each partner is seeking individuals who are passionate about their cause, willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort to the organisation, able to think creatively and speak their mind, and willing to take on the responsibilities of these critical roles.
People from all ages, backgrounds, professions and ethnicities are encouraged to get in touch. Acting as a Trustee is a brilliant opportunity to ensure the needs of your community are represented in future local service provision.
How do I find out more?
Join Greater Manchester’s Age UKs for ‘Make a difference: Help us shape the future’ on 28 September. At this 60-minute online session, you’ll find out more about Greater Manchester’s Age UKs, hear from sitting Trustees and have opportunities to ask any questions you might have.
You can register to attend the event here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-a-difference-help-us-shape-the-future-tickets-169427067921
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6 days ago
Loyal readers of this page may remember about a year ago, we featured Maggie who had lived happily in a care home for many years, until the global pandemic hit. Once the restrictions on having visitors and going out were in place, Maggie told us that her life in the care home became more of a prison than a home.
Maggie was one of the lucky ones, she had a supportive family who could adapt their home to include her, and has since been enjoying a great quality of life living with her son and his family.
But yesterday, Maggie went further - in fact she went all the way to Westminster to campaign for those less fortunate than herself - and who are left behind in care homes facing restrictions on what they can do and who they can see. 😞
Here she is campaigning on behalf of others! Go Maggie!👏
You may have seen the story covered on BBC news early this morning - what are your thoughts?
We think this is just another example of how independent advocacy for older people is so very vital - but we would love to hear from you.
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1 week ago
We have no words....❤"She said, 'Don't call the doctor, I want to fall asleep peacefully, with your hand in mine.'
He told her about the past, how they met, their first kiss. they didn't cry, they smiled. They didn't regret anything, they were grateful. Then she repeated softly, 'I love you forever!' He returned her words, gave her a soft kiss on the forehead. She closed her eyes and fell asleep peacefully with her hand in his.
Love is really all that matters because everyone comes into this world with nothing other than love and leaves with nothing other than love. Think about it. Profession, career, bank account, our goods are just tools, nothing more. Everything stays here.
So just love... love those that really love you. Love, as if there was nothing more important in your life."
Via: Natalie Osan
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