The Living Later Life Conference

AgeUK Somerset are holding a free one day conference on 26th October at Taunton Racecourse.

Their website says:

This conference will tackle the issues that matter most when it comes to ensuring  a good quality of later life: housing, mutually-supportive relationships, retaining independence and control, enjoying an active lifestyle, health and social care services, living well with long-term conditions and much more.  It will encourage us all to envisage and plan for how we want to live our later life.


Listen to a number of high-profile speakers, including:


  • Sir Andrew Dillon, CEO, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • Professor Ann Bowling, Professor of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
  • Dr Chrystalina Antoniades, Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford
  • Tony Watts, OBE, Chair of South West Forum on Ageing and Founding Editor of Mature Times
  • Conference Chair – Clinton Rogers, Somerset Correspondent for BBC Points West

To book online and for more details visit their website:–events/north-somerset1/

I look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Active living, Bridgwater

I gave a talk to an Active Living group in Bridgwater.

I say gave and to, but as is often the case, the members did a lot of talking as well.

Two themes emerged from the day for me.

1-People in Later Life really need good information, so they can make informed choices about their future. Yes no one wants to think about what happens when… But fore warned is fore armed.

2-Where did it all go wrong? We paid our stamp and taxes all those years, in the belief that it would provide for us in our old age. Now we are being told there are too many of us, living too long.

It does seem that an injustice is being done to the current generation in their later l