International Day for Older Persons 2019 and new team members
The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub welcomes two new members to the core team. Nicola Waterworth joins us as GM Partnership Manager, a new role with the Centre for Ageing Better based in the Ageing Hub. Our new Project Officer, Rebecca Lines, has joined us from Age UK and will be helping with communications and ongoing projects. We are thrilled to have the new recruits on board as we begin to refresh the Greater Manchester age friendly strategy in the coming months.
Over the Summer we've had the opportunity to meet with a range of partners from the private, public and voluntary community including Global Coalition on Aging, Design Council and Southway Housing. Earlier in the month, the Ageing Hub Steering Group looked at what's been achieved around the ageing agenda over the last two years to ensure that the voices of older people are heard.
There continues to be great opportunities to present Greater Manchester as a global centre of excellence for work and research around ageing. In the next few months I'll be sharing Greater Manchester's work with international audiences in Brussels, Ghent and Washington DC.
Next Tuesday 1 October, we'll be celebrating International Day for Older Persons with partners and residents across Greater Manchester. Look out for communications from partners across Greater Manchester with this year's theme 'addressing ageism.' We welcome you to join the conversation using #IDOP2019 on social media.
Also on 1 October we'll be presenting an update on ageing at the GM Reform Board chaired by the Mayor.
October 1 - International Day for Older Persons 2019
Next Tuesday 1 October is UN International Day for Older Persons. Many GM leaders have signed an open letter against ageism coordinated by the UK Network for Age Friendly Communities which shows commitment to challenging negative and outdated stereotypes. Events are being held all over Greater Manchester to mark the day, as we join together to recognise the opportunities of an ageing population. You can expect to hear from our partners Greater Manchester Older People's Network, Greater Sport, Manchester Museums and LGBT Foundation as they share a commitment to making Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow older.
From hula hooping in Stockport to a day of arts and culture in Salford, localities across Greater Manchester are putting on a range of activities for International Day of Older Persons 2019. Manchester will be hosting a wide range of events with Age UK, LGBT Foundation and many more. Age Friendly Manchester are publishing a special eBulletin listing the week's events- sign up here to be in the know.
If you are hosting an event for older adults in Greater Manchester between Monday 23 September and Monday 7 October, feel free to tag us @GMAgeingHub and use the hashtag #IDOP2019 on Twitter.
We're excited to hear UK Research and Innovation's funding call for a set of industry-led healthy ageing trailblazers. UKRI have announced a total fund of up to £1.5 million for stage 1 to conduct research and develop a business plan for a healthy ageing ‘trailblazer’. This Industrial Strategy Challenge Funding is set to stimulate new ideas for products, services and business models, to help us live healthier, happier and more independent lives as we age. In keeping with the Local Industrial Strategy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority is exploring the opportunity to put in a bid with potential industry collaborators and local universities.
Due to high demand, we are extending the second phase of the Mayoral Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods Challenge deadline to 31 October. Through the challenge, we hope to see practical examples of what age-friendly really means and share best practice across the city region. Successful areas will be awarded with accreditation – official recognition from the Mayor and Combined Authority that your neighbourhood is age-friendly.
We are looking for applications from neighbourhoods that describe why your area is age-friendly.
The challenge is open to the voluntary and community sector, public services, and older people's groups working collectively to make their community and neighbourhood more age-friendly. We would expect one organisation to complete the application for an area with input from all partners.
Successful entries will be those areas that have most improved the quality of life of older people in their communities, and which provide shining examples of age-friendly practice for others to learn from.
Cornbrook Community Welbeing Garden has opened at the City Road GP’s Surgery in Hulme, with the aim of using gardening to tackle isolation and depression amongst patients. This project turned a disused space at the surgery into a therapeutic garden. The project was developed by the GPs, surgery staff, patients, Sow the City and Age-Friendly Hulme and Moss Side (part of Ambition for Ageing) who also provided funding to make it happen.
Age friendly Wigan: Memory walks for Alzheimer's Society
We were pleased to hear that over 300 people attended the recent Memory Walks at Pennington Hall Park and Haigh Woodland Park in Wigan. A fantastic turnout of people of all ages raising awareness of dementia and money for Alzheimer’s Society. There were different types of walks to cater for all with over 100 people taking part in the 10 mile walk.
Our age friendly local leads in Wigan would like to thank everyone who supported the events.
The Care to Move programme held its second Olympic Games earlier in the month. Care Homes from all over the Wigan borough came together and competed in a number of individual and team events to see who could be the most successful. Almost 80 participants joined in the fun at Robin Park Sports Centre. Everyone left with a medal round their neck and a smile on their face.
GMOPN: Exploring positive ageing
Wednesday 2 October 2019, from 10:00am - 3:30pm
St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green N, Manchester M12 6FZ
In keeping with International Day of Older People's theme of Age Proud, Greater Manchester Older People's Network are hosting a networking event around the theme of Positive Ageing. Come along and listen to a range of speakers and hear updates about the recent work of the older people’s network.
Further Information: GMOPN@macc.org.uk or 0161 834 9823
Thursday 3rd October, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6 FZ
This Ambition for Ageing seminar will share the research and learning from the Ageing Better in Camden Outreach Team around engaging with older men to find out how older men in Camden socialise with others and what an attractive social activity would look like for them.
Developing an ageing in place research project in Greater Manchester
Thursday 3rd October, 1.00pm
Room 2.07, Humanities Bridgeford Street
The Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG) based at the University of Manchester hold regular seminars on important topics in urban ageing, delivered by leaders from research, policy and practice. The seminars are open to all, so please do come along to hear more about urban ageing and meet people working in this field.
We all know that eating and drinking well are crucial to staying healthy and having enough energy to live well. But this can often become more challenging as we get older. Whether you are a member of the public that is keen to raise awareness or work or volunteer in the community, social care, health or voluntary sector, Greater Manchester Nutrition and Health programme would love you to get involved.
Thursday 24 October, 10.30am - 4.14pm
Friends Meeting House, Manchester
Center for Ageing Better will be delivering a one-day Introduction to Age-friendly Communities training course in Manchester on Thursday, 24 October. The course is designed for new age-friendly leads, or those who want to refresh on the basics. Chairs/Leads of age-friendly steering groups/boards are also invited to participate. Travel bursaries for network members will be considered upon application.
Older people's input needed for night time travel survey
Older residents of Greater Manchester are invited to have their say on the future of transport links between the hours of 6pm and 6am. Researchers have suggested that the highest barrier to public transport use among older people was personal security in the evening and at night. GMCA wants to hear from older people in particular, in order to understand how they use transport at night time, where they go, how they get there, and what barriers might prevent them from traveling between the hours of 6pm and 6am.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority are working with the Centre for Ageing Better to produce an Age Friendly Employer Guide with local case studies of good practice and good experiences in the workplace for over 50s.
If you would like to share your experiences, these will be printed in a guide to be shared widely with employers. They are happy to receive anything from one quote/sentence, to a whole page.
Further Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07909532764
The Greater Manchester Older People's Network survey
The Greater Manchester Older People's Network are currently seeking feedback via a survey. GMOPN want to ensure that their future direction and activities reflect the priorities of our current members and the wider older population of Greater Manchester. Members are asking for the public to help shape their development as a voice for Older People in Greater Manchester by completing the survey below.
Deadline: October 4th
Further Information: GMOPN@macc.org.uk or 0161 834 9823
International Longevity Centre UK are offering the opportunity to present at Future of Ageing 2019 5 December 2019 in London. This year, Future of Ageing 2019 will focus on identifying what needs to be done to ensure that living longer delivers a strong economic and social benefit for all of us.
Closing date 13 September
Mid-life support: Insights for employers
Centre for Ageing Better have released a new report on midlife MOTs. The report provides insights for employers on supporting workers in their 40s and 50s to plan for the future as a way of helping them stay in work for longer if they want to, plan for what they will need in retirement, and think ahead about their future needs.
PlaceAge has produced a book of age friendly policy and practice guidelines and recommendations. With a foreword from Paul McGarry, the book seeks to present and showcase themes, guidelines and recommendations for working towards age-friendly cities.