Digital Inclusion

Here’s a thing I’ve been wrestling with for a while.

The marketers would like to think everyone over sixty is on the Internet for most of their day.

I’ve spoken with lots of you and apparently that’s not true.

Obviously I do a lot of work online, and would like nothing more than a ready audience for my words of wisdom.

So have a vested interest in folks being connected to the digital world.


Research by Age UK highlights some of the issues people have with getting online.

Fear of the technology, worry about fraud, not wanting to.

And makes some suggestions about how these might be addressed.

I like the idea of not focussing on the technology, more on what it can do for the person.

Not seen your sister in Canada for twenty years?

Look at this screen and you can talk face to face!! How amazing would that be.

I know my I pad has changed the way I work and play.

Clearly the potential is there for all.

So here’s to the next tea and tech party 🙂

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How Much Is Too Much?

Office day 😦 hence the catch up on posts and paperwork…

Today’s question raised in my mind by the new Joseph Rowntree Foundation research.

How much Paperwork is enough?

How much too much?

The examples mentioned in the report are all too familiar from my working life.

I came into care to look after and help people. At some point the world changed and I had to get good at computers and paperwork.

Reminds me of my first job at Elderfield house in 1986. If memory serves I did no paperwork, but lived and worked alongside some of the most vulnerable members of society.

And we got great outcomes!!

More time on care is what I say

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I may be a bit young to remember the first time those words where shouted across Reception at Fawlty Towers, but I did catch the repeats.

The character of Sybil the long suffering and suffered, by Basil, wife of Mr Fawlty.

What a marvellous actor, and remembered for more than Sybil.

So sad to see talent diminished by dementia.

But really brave of the family to go public.

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Age Action Alliance South West

The inaugural meeting of the Age Action Alliance in Bristol. Hosted by LinkAge Bristol and South West Forum on Ageing.

Quite a mouthful, and lots of other folks, acronyms and abbreviations abounded.

But well worth the time. A hopeful start to what has the potential to be something much bigger that will produce real benefits for those in later life in the South West.

I use the term later life after the brief discussion at the meeting on terminology. Sorry but I hear Senior and I think American.

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For South West Forum On Ageing

And watch this space for more news.

I’m a Dementia Friend

I am always in two minds about this sort of thing. Which is a bit tricky for someone who contributed to the Time to Change bid, was on the delivery team, and at the launch of Get Moving.

So I admit a bit two faced of me.

Professionally I don’t like this sort of thing. It feels like a service that should be funded by central and local government.


Pragmatic me, knows that isn’t going to happen in this lifetime.

Besides I love doing this sort of stuff and am apt to get carried away.

So yes two minds, two faced, confused.

However Dementia Friends is a really good initiative which I am honoured to be part of.

The aim is to make people and communities more dementia friendly and aware, for the benefit of people with dementia living with and in them.

Being a friend involves having some brief training and pledging to take action.

As you can guess my action is to spread the word.

I’m also going to the next thing, which is become a dementia champion. Then I can train dementia friends.

My aim is to make the village I live in, Cannington, a Dementia Friendly community.

Watch this space. for more details