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10Apr14 - Ensuring communities offer what older people want


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This seminar was held on Thursday 10th April 2014, 13:30 (for 14:00) – 17:00 on the topic is ‘Ensuring communities offer what older people want’, and focussed on the activities and interests of older people that need to be represented in our communities to ensure good quality of life and wellbeing for an ageing population. The results of these seminars will inform a solutions-focussed policy brief, looking at what needs to be done to create age-ready local areas. This brief will be launched in May at a full day conference on ageing in our communities.

In this seminar we considered what communities provide for older people and how these needs may change (or stay the same) as they age. We know from research on isolation and loneliness that social connections remain an important part of quality of life for many people as they get older, yet as the ‘loneliness epidemic’ continues to hit headlines it is clear that this is not being fully addressed in communities. Exploring how activities and services can maintain and build on social networks is key to maintaining wellbeing within the community.

Elsewhere, we explored the services, amenities and activities available to older people in their communities – from village shops, to post offices, to libraries and adult education classes, and how these enhance wellbeing for older people. A community can take many forms, and in this session we will also be considering the approaches to be taken from different kinds of setting – from urban to rural – and the challenges that lie in providing services to these distinct regions.

This seminar explored:
• How family connections, friendships and social ties can be supported and better integrated into community activities.
• What role do local services and shops play in building a community, what the future of these services looks like and what can be done to ensure they support ageing in the community?
• What activities are currently available for older people in their communities, and are these suitable or prepared for an increasing number of people accessing them? What else should be available?
• How we can ensure that fun and playfulness remain part of life when growing older in the community?
• How can we ensure that the experience of growing older remains at its highest quality across rural, town, suburban, and urban settings?

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10Apr14 - Ensuring communities offer what older people want

  1. 1. Community Matters – are our communities ready for ageing? Seminar 3: ‘Ensuring communities offer what older people want’ Thursday 10th April #communitymatters
  2. 2. Malcolm Dean #communitymatters
  3. 3. Phil Rossall Research Manager Age UK #communitymatters
  4. 4. Jessica Watson Policy and Communications Manager International Longevity Centre - UK #communitymatters
  5. 5. Helen Leech Director Open Age #communitymatters
  6. 6. Open Age – Evidence • User led local charity providing activities in community venues (libraries/church halls/sheltered housing/leisure centres/schools/pubs/cafes ) • Addressing loneliness & isolation ,mental health & wellbeing , physical health, digital exclusion, barriers to employment, issues facing older carers • 400 activities/ weekly plus Link Up , Time For Me, phone groups, men’s work, intergenerational , trips, meals , falls prevention , employment , volunteering • Ageing Better survey – ill health/ mobility /transport / lack of friends . • Internal – 67% new friends, 75% more fun, 86% more motivated/ inc purpose , 81% more confident , 89% new skills
  7. 7. Policy Gaps • Evidence of savings from reduced GP / hospital visits • Lack of research on the value of leisure as opposed to exercise. Fun pays! • Effective methods of mapping and knowing what is on offer ( quality , duplication ) • Food and Nutrition - Malnutrition? • The impact on Ageism on society • Those delivering know what works - not brain surgery!
  8. 8. Fixing the issues ! • Retirement communities ( access / transport / food / health) • Transport, transport, transport • Adult and Community Learning (SFA) funds / targets • Older People Apprenticeships • Use of public (also housing ) sector venues - Open Age examples
  9. 9. James Parkinson Policy Officer RIBA #communitymatters
  10. 10. Professor Ken Worpole Emeritus Professor, The Cities Institute London Metropolitan University #communitymatters
  11. 11. Out and about, fit and well: The importance of good quality public open space
  12. 12. THE URBAN GREEN SPACES TASK FORCE (2002)  Over 30 million people in England (70%) use parks frequently. 2 billion annual visits.  Decrease in quality; poor public image  Public spending favours indoor over outdoor leisure  Work in partnership with communities  Develop Green Flag Award  Establish national agency
  13. 13. THE TWO CULTURES OF LEISURE (From Greener Spaces, Better Places) Spending on ‘Urban parks and open spaces’ dropped from 44% of local authority spending in 1976/77 to 31% of spending in 1998/99. Spending on Country parks, nature reserves and tourism increased from 7% to 17%.
  14. 14. THE TWO CULTURES OF LEISURE (From Greener Spaces, Better Places) RECREATIONAL CULTURE 70% walk All ages All social groups £600m for 2.5 billion visits FITNESS CULTURE Over 80% drive Pre-dominantly 18 - 45 Mostly professional users £400m for 100 million visits
  15. 15. A park renaissance
  16. 16. Professor Leela Damodaran Professor of Participative Design University of Loughborough #communitymatters
  17. 17. Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing: Ensuring communities offer what older people want Space for Place, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU Leela Damodaran Professor of Digital inclusion and Participation Loughborough University 10th April 2014 17
  18. 18. • Many older people are enthusiastic and successful users of ICTs/the internet but sustained digital engagement can be hampered/halted, by physical, cognitive, personal/social changes that occur as we age and by technological change. • Older ICT users want readily available, trusted and sustained support (including ‘troubleshooting’), embedded in social activities / personal interests, free of time pressure and assessments, impartial advice and ‘try before you buy’ of ICT devices including telecare/self-care products : proposition of community-based ICT support (available at ) • Appropriate design and ICT learning and support in the community to meet these needs can extend successful use of ICTs to prolong independence and autonomy • Older people can be empowered to shape design of ICTs, make decisions and enhance their quality of life within an ethical framework which ensures respect for lived experience, nurtures and safeguards older people, and uses appropriate methods • There is an ICT learning and support void to fill beyond the workplace 18 What we know
  19. 19. • Research into ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what would make a difference’ to complement research in to ‘what’. • Investment in knowledge translation/knowledge-brokering processes to achieve ‘knowledge-into-action’. E.g. from the vast repository of publically funded research freely available. • Comprehensive, freely available technology learning and support in communities and homes to promote adoption of technologies to promote independent living and enhance quality of life. • Tools/techniques methods for engaging the community in requirements specification and in co-design and decision-making. • Commissioned cross-project reviews/synthesis of findings from research projects to inform policy decisions and strategies. 19 Key gaps: research and policy
  20. 20. • Showcase a realisable vision of an inclusive digital society and economy to inspire investment by all stakeholders in building ICT capability and confidence of all. • Demonstrate ‘proof of concept’ by modelling best practice in government policies and strategies ie ‘Do as we do’ ! • Quality of Life strategies in the community: creative holistic strategies for achieving technology-enabled autonomy and independence of all. • Building on the localism agenda, set up intergenerational problem- solving forums to engage diverse sections of the community to scope problems, exchange ideas and co-create solutions. • Enable the above by use of innovative techniques and methods (eg drama/interactive theatre, ‘sandpits’, story-telling etc). 20 Ministerial actions:
  21. 21. Q&A and Discussion #communitymatters
  22. 22. Break #communitymatters
  23. 23. Open Discussion #communitymatters
  24. 24. Community Matters – are our communities ready for ageing? Seminar 3: Ensuring communities offer what older people want Thursday 10th April #communitymatters