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The Good Care Guide - how will you use it?
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This weekend a new website was launched to help consumers of childcare and eldercare. The Good Care Guide aims to help families find,…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Alexandar Feb 23, 2012.

Are people you know aware of the cost of social care?
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In the news today it has been highlighted that 24% of Britons…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Pamela Brigham Feb 12, 2012.

Alarming levels of care for older people in our hospitals - experienced it yourself?
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If you’ve seen the news recently you won’t have been able to escape the torrent of stories highlighting the alarming treatment of older people in the healthcare system. Following on from the shocking…Continue

Tags: poll, Angela, Rippon, care, NHS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Gale Nov 11, 2012.

Share your ideas on how to raise awareness around the care of older people

The standard of care for older people in hospitals has been covered in the media a lot recently, with many people sharing their experiences of how family members have been treated.  Since the…Continue

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Anchor Community Band Group

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dave harvey replied to Grey Pride's discussion What does “Happy Living” mean to you? in the group Anchor Community Band Group
"To be able to get and about. To visit antique shops , stately homes, to go to the theatre. to dance sing and play the drums"
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Michael Thompson replied to Grey Pride's discussion Older people in big houses - selfish?
"It's called the means test mate.  Across Europe State pensions are higher, and there's no need for means tested handouts."
Apr 2, 2013
Joseph Tarleton Croft replied to Grey Pride's discussion Older people in big houses - selfish?
"this only applies to people who are on some sort of benefit , i dont recieve any benefits even though i only have a state pension of £108 per week to live on , i cant get pension credit because because i have more than the allotted savings in…"
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Minister for Older People Campaign

A place for people interested in the campaign calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People to discuss achievements and share ideas.See More
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Susan Croft commented on Grey Pride's blog post Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!
"When i was asked  to help present the petition, I was bitterly disapointed in the small amount of people who showed up. I think we should have showed up with other groups of people from other Age related groups.  To be quite honest the way…"
Jan 26, 2013
Dan Kelly replied to Grey Pride's discussion What are the greatest achievements of your life, so far? in the group Anchor Community Band Group
"Happily married for 55 years and raising two beautiful children who have had three grandchildren the eldest of whom will make us great grandparents in February. At the age of 50, I graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology and Special…"
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Angela Severn replied to Grey Pride's discussion What are the greatest achievements of your life, so far? in the group Anchor Community Band Group
"Raising 4 children on a very limited budget. Passing my Exams as a mature student. Getting into nurse training school as a mature student Working in Care of the Elderly and knowing I'v made a difference"
Jan 2, 2013
Angela Severn replied to Grey Pride's discussion What does “Happy Living” mean to you? in the group Anchor Community Band Group
"Happy Living means to me, having enough money to feed and cloth all the family, even if the clothes are good second hand ones. Being in the position to enjoy days out either by the sea or in the country and being willing to compromise. Being able to…"
Jan 2, 2013
Angela Severn replied to Grey Pride's discussion What have been the biggest challenges that you’ve overcome? in the group Anchor Community Band Group
"1 Becoming seriously ill when my youngest of four children was just a few weeks old 2 Overcoming a major operation that went wrong, so instead of being in hospital for 10 days, I spent 6 weeks in hospital 3 Going back to school at the age of 38 to…"
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Angela Severn replied to Grey Pride's discussion What is the most important lesson you have learnt in life? And what is the best piece of advice you have been given, or could give? in the group Anchor Community Band Group
"Think hard and long before making life choices because once you have mad that decision there is no going back. Do not put all your eggs in one basket and keep a little buy for a rainy day  "
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suzanne mary charles replied to Grey Pride's discussion What is the most important lesson you have learnt in life? And what is the best piece of advice you have been given, or could give? in the group Anchor Community Band
"Make the most of your first wage packet because you will never seem that rich again!!! As soon as you have your first child set up a saving account and put in a set amount each month towards their uni fees or whatever it is needed for at 18. "
Dec 9, 2012

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Introducing the Anchor Community Band!

Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new national project: The Anchor Community Band!



Building on the success of the campaign calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People, Anchor want to continue raising awareness of issues affecting this growing demographic and plan to produce a charity single that celebrates the positive aspects of ageing which are often…

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 11:32

Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!

This week marks the 1 year anniversary of Grey Pride Day, when campaign supporters from around the country delivered our petition calling for the appointment of a dedicated Minister for Older People to 10 Downing Street.

 

Over the last 12 months the need for a Cabinet…

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Posted on November 26, 2012 at 10:30 — 14 Comments

Anchor find out just how Grey-friendly the UK is in 2012

Community spirit high among UK’s older population…despite declining local services

 

New findings released today by older people’s charity, Anchor, show some fascinating insight into how grey-friendly the UK really is in 2012.

 

The survey firmly places older people at the heart of their local communities, with 80 per cent saying they feel part of where they live. Encouragingly, 84 per…

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Posted on October 1, 2012 at 0:30

Cabinet reshuffle - chance to appoint a Minister for Older People

With the Cabinet reshuffle expected to be announced imminently, Anchor is calling on the government to demonstrate its commitment to addressing the issues faced by older people by introducing a Minister for Older People.

 

New research commissioned by Anchor among over 65s reinforces the call for a minister to…

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

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At 10:33 on October 23, 2012, Michael Thompson said…

What has concerned me the past 30 years is there is too much yakking about the plight of the elderly, and not enough action.

We British are such a lethargic and apathetic nation about politics in general.

Its always all about me me me.

At 13:48 on February 20, 2012, Richard Alexandar said…

You too Kathryn :-D 

BTW, I may have a clue....just been delving:

Richard Alexandar commented on Stephen Gerard Scullion's blog post 'Unanswered Questions'

No, Stephen, the question was from me to John, not from John to you. I seem to remember removing the post last night because it gave too much personal info. BTW, I think John was winding you up, lol.

Jan 31

Might be nothing, but all adds to the pic. Bye for now,

Richard.

At 12:18 on February 20, 2012, Richard Alexandar said…

Hello Kathryn,

Thank you for responding so quickly.

Since beginning to use Grey Pride, more of my personal information has been cross-referenced using snippets from posts put on threads of online media, such as The Guardianonline and others, dating back several years. You can check this if you are so inclined. It only requires a birthdate now, and my identity could be taken. Age UK offers a dating guide. Suppose I used it and was silly (or unguarded) enough to be honest about my birth date? Not a quantum leap for a hacker, IMHO.

It's a risk all internet users take, and does not stop me from having Facebook & Twitter accounts. But I emphasise that it is only since using Grey Pride that so much information has been available worldwide.

I am delighted that as many people as possible can read my posts and blogs. That was why I posted them, although I only blogged about seizures at the invitation of you or one of your colleagues. That was a golden opportunity, and ties in with other work I do.

I didn't expect much immediate interest in the subject, but the blog remains as a reference point for future use. Interestingly, and if we use the generally-accepted figure of 1 in 131, of the 137,000 signatories to the original petition, 1,045 had epilepsy, and many others were suffering from non-epileptic seizures.

But, I'm rambling. Your E-mail caught me just before my morning shower, and I'm not really awake yet! I couldn't resist opening the message.

Final point: is it worth considering giving names to moderators? It happens on other forums.

At 10:37 on February 20, 2012, Richard Alexandar said…

Good Morning Anonymous Person,

Thank you for your reply. I am happy with everything I have posted, thank you, and with the links I have supplied to date. They will comprise as much as most people wish to know about this subject, in the context of this site, I think. The only issue I may expand slightly is that of stigma, although, in the experience of people suffering stigmatisation, nobody admits to any blame.

I interpret your answer to my original question as, "No", since you have confirmed in your E-mail that, "To encourage people to find us and join the site we have therefore set all of the site's published content to be viewable to anyone on the internet, which means that search engines can "crawl" the entire public section of the site and display what they find in their results."

This answer is disappointing, because to find the site merely requires that the name Grey Pride is typed into the search engine.

If that majority of older people who have never used the internet were to know the answer you have given to me, perhaps they would be even less inclined to give it a try, especially using the Grey Pride website. In my case, I am already known to my friends, MP and others by both the blogger's  name and my own. What about you? Where can I see your real name? You call yourself "Grey Pride", which we are told is the name of a movement, and all of us are the movement. I don't think I'm talking to myself when I address you. Or am I?

Well, having had my morning pills as I type, now is the time for a shower. Have a good day, and I look forward to your reply.

At 11:22 on December 5, 2011, Annette Albert said…

Being over 60 I created and run a local community online website called W14london.ning.com  This is a community blog for all age groups.  I am particularly interested in our local authorities and age related organisations and how they spend their funds.   I do find age related organisations to do more harm than good and we should be treated as part of the community with all age groups. yes/no?

At 18:26 on December 2, 2011, Richard Alexandar said…

Thank you for your warm welcome, Grey Pride. I would like to accept your invitation to write a blog about seizure disorders common in older people. Neurological research is moving faster than my little brain can keep up, and I will have to try not to present an alarmist or over-complicated picture. Give me a little time to get some up-to-date links prepared, and I'll make a start in a week or so. I also need to find my way around this website....this is my third quick visit, I think. Best wishes, Richard.

At 16:13 on November 30, 2011, Don Anderson said…

Being old, I remember when our governance happened at Westminster, when MPs weren't just lobby fodder herded by the whips to do the EU's bidding, when debates didn't take place to empty green benches, and democracy was not just an abstract concept. In those days taxpayers did not pay £50 million a day to Brussels for absolutely no commensurate benefit, just a load of meddlesome regulations, high prices and the privilege of supporting millions of people from other countries who have paid nothing into the Benefits system. Curious, when our leaders know perfectly well that we are getting a rotten deal and that the EU is generally disliked, that they insist on defying public opinion and will go to any desperate measures to prevent us having a say in the matter.

At 17:14 on November 28, 2011, Sandra Joyce Powell said…

hello thanks for providing this website it is about time people acted for our rights. 

At 13:11 on October 24, 2011, Kimble Perry said…

my husband of 60+ has just found out that the teacher supply agencies have been requested to send only neo-grad teachers who are looking for work experience.....that could be one of the reasons that there is "no" supply work for my husband and his peers of a certain age. What do others think about this?

 

At 13:08 on October 24, 2011, Kimble Perry said…
Age and Agesim, being one of those categories of discrimination into which ALL of the lucky to live a long life will enter, requires representation of the strongest nature. Older people have to (want to) work longer and are shut out of jobs. (Neo-grad applicants sought). Age needs medical care for compromising age related diseases. Full care to maintain dignity is necessary at the later stage of life when all other family members are too busy working to survive..... this is what I wrote on the petitions comment section.
 
 
 

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