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By Debbie le Quesne

Making a pledge for a better future for the elderly

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Age Alliance in Dudley is calling on all parts of the public sector, such as council departments, the NHS, Fire Service, Police, ambulance services, youth services, schools, colleges leisure centres and parks to ‘Pledge An Action’ on how they can help to keep older people safe.

Commitment to make a ‘pledge’ is also being sought from the voluntary and community organisations as well as the business sector.

Not surprisingly, the West Midlands Care Association has also been asked to get involved – something I am more than pleased to do.

The initiative centres on providing help for a better life experience for elderly people. Simple, but profound, the theory is that if we begin making changes now the future for our own old age is brighter.

Age Alliance Dudley is calling for organisations across the borough to think about how their work impacts on older people and to develop ways in which they will make a difference over the next 12 months.

Where do I begin?

To help, Age Alliance have listed a number of areas where we could make a difference, but they are also keen to hear about what is already planned or underway. Areas could include:

  • Staying safe at home – security, lighting, alarms, rogue traders, care agencies
  • Staying safe whilst out and about – shopping, carrying money, pavements, street lighting
  • Using public transport, visiting leisure or social facilities, in the car.
  • Staying safe mentally – being involved and engaged not isolated.
  • Staying safe financially – not in debt, receiving all the benefits/services they are entitled to, the simplification of forms
  • Staying safe while accessing services such as GPs, dentists, staying in hospital, Fire Service and Police

Age Alliance in Dudley is a partnership made up of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations and older people with the aim of improving the lives of older people living and working in Dudley Borough by encouraging a wide range of bodies to make a pledge of action.

There are nearly 59,000 people over the age of 65 in Dudley, which is 18 per cent of the total population of the borough. These older people may be customers, clients, patients, relatives, residents or neighbours.

You must hurry with your pledge – they need to be made today (Jan 22) but I’m sure no-one will complain if you join the initiative later.

Send your pledges to: Sally Huband (sally.huband@ageukdudley.org.uk) or (jill.cloves@ageukdudley.org.uk).

Organisations will also be expected to share the outcomes of their pledges at a showcase event on 1 October 2014 Older People’s Day.

See: http://makingitrealindudley.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Pledge-An-Action-Age-Alliance.pdf

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