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Thousands of pensioners could be forced into care homes against their will under secret NHS cost cutting plans.  
More than 13,000 elderly people are expected to be effectively evicted as health authorities refuse to fund care in their own homes.  Charities expressed alarm, describing the new measures as “outrageous.”
At least 37 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have drawn up new restrictions governing care for elderly and disabled patients, Freedom of Information disclosures reveal. 
The responses - from 122 of the country’s 209 CCGs - show that authorities have ruled that they would not pay for help at home if it was cheaper to send pensioners to a care home.  Read more

National Dignity Council
‘Dignity in hearts, minds and action’ is the motto of the National Dignity Council - a registered charity whose primary aim is to promote Dignity across the board and raise its profile.
Through its 81000 registered champions the Council works actively to promote dignity in work settings and challenging poor practice wherever they see it.
Dignity Champion is someone who believes passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. They believe that all care must be compassionate, person centred, as well as efficient, and are willing to do something to achieve this.
Every year the Council celebrates Dignity Action Day on 01 February which marks the start of a month of activities that provide a showcase for good practice, involving others and raising funds for the campaign.
The council invites everyone to join in the celebrations by holding 'Digni-Tea' events to promote dignity in your circles. You can do this by becoming a Dignity champion. It is free to join and a simple process through their website. Any funds raised will enable the council to produce more resources to enable Champions to have a much louder voice and greater influence.  Get involved here

The Terrance Higgins Trust have launched a new report that sets out the needs and experiences of the first group of individuals growing older with HIV.
As a result of the success of antiretroviral therapy, we are seeing the first generation of people who are growing older with HIV. More people than ever before are diagnosed with HIV aged 50 and over and more people with HIV are living longer. Now, over one third of people living with HIV in the UK are over 50, and this proportion continues to rise.
In 2010 they produced a report on the challenges faced by those growing older with HIV [PDF]. Seven years on much has changed. With a new and innovative peer researcher model that put people aged 50 and over living with HIV at the heart of the research, a new report has been produced into HIV and ageing: Uncharted Territory: A report into the first generation growing older with HIV [PDF].

The Mobility4EU project aims to develop a vision and
action plan for mobility and transport in Europe in 2030. Their priority is to involve a wide range of stakeholders in this process by means of a thorough consultation based on a Multi-Actor-Multi Criteria analysis. As a first part of this consultation process they aim to assess the objectives of the various stakeholders in transport and mobility that they want to achieve until 2030. They would like to understand how important these objectives are to you and the other stakeholders, in order to develop an action plan that best serves the stakeholder community. Click here to find out more on how to get involved.

Almost 600,000 pensioners have no-one to talk to except when they go to the supermarket, a charity report warned yesterday.  
It revealed that one in 25 older shoppers rely on a visit to a big name store for company and conversation.
Millions more see a supermarket shop not as a means to stock up on groceries, but as a reason to get out of the house. A further 2.5million over-60s, calculated from the survey of 2,241 carried out for the charity, see a trip to the supermarket as a reason to go out as opposed to a chore.  Read more  

Housing LIN has Local Government Association (LGA) contract to work with local authorities blazing a trail in meeting the housing needs of our ageing population.  Picking out the essential learning from a selection of pioneering authorities, the resulting case study report will provide practical recommendations for councils and their voluntary, private and NHS partners. It will also draw on the work of the LGA's Housing Commission which reported in December 2016. It urged central and local government to build a new national focus on creating "homes and neighbourhoods integrated with health and care services" to promote healthy ageing and independence.
Housing Lin are keen to hear from you and receive examples of good practice that illustrate how councils have:

  • brought together planning, health and social care partners to develop an integrated strategy for delivering housing that supports healthy ageing and reduces demand for social care and health services
  • ensured funding is available for aids and adaptations or new technology that allow older people to stay in their homes for longer
  • planned and delivered housing that supports integrated health and social care services, activities and facilities
  • invested in building the range of new homes that different groups of older people want and need
  • used the planning system and land in a way that encourages the private sector to build specialist housing for more vulnerable older people and the 'lifetime' or 'HAPPI' homes that encourage 'younger old' people to move while they are relatively fit and healthy
  • built age-friendly neighbourhood principles into planning policies
To contribute, please email with a brief summary of your example(s) by Friday, 27th January 2017 - HousingLIN will then be in touch
The Patients Association have released a report on the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). The report reveals that a significant number of patients and family members who submit complaints to the PHSO feel that they receive a poor quality service.
The Patients Association’s national Helpline received nearly 300 calls between May and October 2016 from people who had concerns about the way their cases were being dealt with by the PHSO. An investigation into the nature of the calls is contained in this follow-up report.  Access the report here
GPs reject May’s call for ‘misguided’ seven-day care
GPs have rejected the prime minister Theresa May’s demand for GPs to open seven days a week, arguing that they are already struggling to cope with existing patient demand.
Last week May intimated that the limitation currently existing on general practice was putting A&E departments under increased pressure this winter and proposed a scheme in which GPs would offer routine services from 8am to 8pm every day.
But the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has called the scheme “misguided”, saying that there is not historically been great patient demand for extended opening hours and instead suggesting greater integration between GPs and out-of-hours services.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the RCGP, said: “It’s extremely unfortunate that the prime minister is being reported as pushing forward with a misguided scheme to force GP surgeries to offer routine services 8-8, seven days a week, regardless of patient demand or local resources.  Read more

Addenbrookes Hospital Out of Special Measures
The CQC has recommended that Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS FT be taken out of special measures and has upgraded its rating to Good overall after noting “very significant” improvements in its latest inspection last September.
CUH, which includes Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals, is a member of the Shelford Group, an organisation of 10 academic NHS trusts that focus on healthcare research and education.
The trust had been rated as Inadequate overall and placed in special measures following a CQC inspection in April 2015, and marks further improvements since a focused CQC inspection in February 2016.
Professor Sir Mike Richards, CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, said: “Our return to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT showed very significant improvement had taken place.  Read more

Live long and prosper? Demographic trends and their implications for living standards
This report explores how the UK population has changed over the last century and how it is set to change in future. It discusses how the changes in demography, particularly in relation to age, will impact on all aspects of society including employment and labour, finances and health inequalities.  Read the report here

Fire service reminds people to check ID after bogus callers enter home of elderly resident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has reminded people not to let anyone into their homes without recognised identification.
This follows a bogus call to a home in Cambridge earlier this month where two men, pretending to be from the fire service, conned their way into the home of a 95-year-old woman.
In a letter to the fire service, the 95-year-old, from the Kings Hedges area of the city, said the two men claimed to be carrying out an annual safety check and asked lots of questions, but not many about fires.
The resident said: “I asked them to check my fire alarm, which they did, but they did not appear to know much about them. They were quite interested in my security locks and bolts.”  Read more
AGE Platform Europe is actively involved in the debate around the need for a new international instrument on the rights of older persons. Through our participation we represent the views of our members in the United Nations. As the discussions are progressing mobilisation at national level is crucial. This Special Briefing gives an overview of the state of the art and makes suggestions about initiating a dialogue within your country.  Read more
OAP STAMP DUTY 'CARROT' Communities Secretary Sajid Javid sets out plans to ‘hand OAPs incentives’ to downsize from large homes to ease housing crisis
Pensioners who own large houses will be encouraged to move into flats or bungalows so families can find suitable homes  
A White Paper on the plans is set to be published later this month with the hope offering up thousands of properties big enough for younger families.
The proposal is understood to be in the early draft stage and has yet to be signed off by Downing Street.
One Whitehall Source told the Daily Telegraph the older generation are now more willing to accept the idea because they want their children to be able to move into bigger homes  Read more
Keeping Warm in Winter -  
Community Action on Fuel Poverty workshops Free to voluntary and community groups to attend
Tuesday 21st February 9.30am to 1pm including lunch Ipswich CAB, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3BE
NEA are running this free event to introduce a new web-based resource which is designed to provide practical help, tools and support to community organisations who want to deliver affordable warmth work in their community. This resource is free to access and pulls together all of the learning and outcomes from the Community Action Partnership (CAP) programme  previously delivered in order to promote best practice on a wider scale.
The workshop will be ideal for community groups with limited experience of delivering fuel poverty work and will help them easily access and share practical advice with people who might struggle to keep their home warm.  Free prize draw to win £100 to deliver a fuel poverty activity/event
Tea and coffee served on arrival and lunch will be provided at 12.15pm. To secure your place please register at If you have queries, please email Anahit Aharonyan: anahit.aharonyan@nea.

The importance of strength and balance exercise to prevent falls
The Centre for Ageing Better have launched a new area of work on Physical Activity by publishing results of their survey of 1,296 people across England, carried out by IPSOS Mori in December 2016. Initially, they have focused on maintaining and improving muscle strength and balance as it can help people in later life live independently and reduce the risk of falls.
Whilst 93% of respondents said it was important to do strength and balance exercise or activity twice a week, 41% of over 70s don’t realise it is key to reduce falls. People of all ages are confused about what activities help with improving strength and balance. For example, over a third didn’t realise that heavy gardening jobs such as digging counted, as well as nearly half not realising that carrying heavy loads such as groceries counted. 95% of respondents said that walking was a good strength and balance activity. Whilst walking is good for general health, moderate or slow walking does not improve muscle strength or balance.

Are you over 50, someone
who cares for someone over 50 or part of an organisation that supports people who are over 50?

If so, Future East invites you to our first open meeting of 2017, where we'll be looking at Health and Wellbeing and Living at Home, for over 50s to be held in Bedford on 28th March.  More information and ticket booking here

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