Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Slides from the 2017 MICRA Annual Public Lecture - Ready for Ageing Now?


2017 MICRA Annual Public Lecture – Ready for Ageing Now? from Centre for Ageing Better

In 2013, the House of Lords Select Committee report 'Ready for Ageing' stated that we were “woefully underprepared” for our longer lives and our growing older population. Geoffrey Filkin, who proposed and chaired the Committee asks: "What has changed four years on?".  Slide notes available here.                  

Monday, 29 May 2017

Life Expectancy Calculator

This won't be to everyone's taste but the Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator uses the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data in order to estimate how old you will live to be.

Apparently, most people score in their late eighties... how about you?

The calculator asks you 40 quick questions related to your health and family history, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be asked to create an account to store your answers. 
Click here to find your score...

Friday, 26 May 2017

Manchester Arena Attack: A Message from the Leader of the Council, Sir Richard Leese

Dear Friends,

We are all shocked and saddened by the horrific attack carried out at the Manchester Arena and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. The immediate response of the emergency services speaks to their heroism along with the reports of homes and hotels opening up, taxi drivers offering free lifts and people going out of their way to help and care for their fellow citizens. We have also seen everyday people coming together at the Vigil on Albert Square to remember those who have lost their lives and stand together. We have also seen queues of people waiting to donate blood to help the victims - This all shows the true spirit of Manchester and this is something we need to hold onto and be proud of.

We will not let this attack intimidate or divide us – It will bring us together.  The worst thing we could do is what they want.   We have a long history in Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times and in the coming days we will be working closely with community representatives to continue to identify and address any issues and concerns but also amplify the work on community cohesion.

We welcome your feedback on how as a city we continue to strengthen community cohesion across all our communities over the coming weeks.  We would be grateful if you could make contact with us and share your ideas, plans and events by emailing Shazia Awan.

As the citizens of Manchester, we also need to check in with those who may be struggling to come to terms with the attack that took place in the city on Monday and support those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into activities that have the potential to create divisions and tensions in our communities 

We also request anyone who experiences a hate crime to report it to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or online (this can be done anonymously)

A book of condolences has been opened at Manchester Town Hall and is also available online.


(Information shared by Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

MICRA blog: Making Greater Manchester great for older people

Dr Elaine Dewhurst, MICRA researcher and Senior Lecturer in Employment Law at The University of Manchester, has written a blog exploring the impact new Mayor Andy Burnham could have on the lives of older people in the city.  Here's the link.

#StayStrongOurKid

Seen on Twitter, author unknown... My heart goes out to all families who have lost loved ones.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Participants sought for research that investigates link between diet and eye health

Optometry researchers at the University of Manchester are seeking participants for research which examines the link between diet and eye health as we age. The study is recruiting volunteers aged 40-60 years old with normal vision and good general health.

Click here for more information.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MICRA Ageing PhD Network Meeting - 1 June 2017

An invitation from MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing):

Please join us for this free event on Thursday 1 June. This session will include a introduction by MICRA Director Prof Debora Price, a presentation by Dr Tine Buffel and an opportunity to browse our first 'age-friendly' poster session. The event is open to all students and older people interested in ageing research.

Click here to book your place.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond. Activities range from days out, craft and local history groups, IT sessions, choirs, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs. Please keep checking as new events are added throughout the month.

Click here to see the events listings for the latest details.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Generations Together Manifesto

Age Friendly Manchester is developing a Generations Together Manifesto. This is all about creating a set of key actions that Council and other organisations can use in their work bringing older and younger people together. They have some early ideas of what could be in the manifesto. These have come from a two day Intergenerational symposium held last October at the Coop.

Over the next six months they want to work with older and younger people and groups and organisations who work with them, to develop the manifesto and then to bring it to life through work and activity.

To find out more or get involved contact Patrick Hanfling on p.hanfling@manchester.gov.uk or call 0161 234 4188.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 15 May 2017

A History of Manchester in Ten Plants - Weds 24 May

The botanical world has underpinned the story of Manchester. Cotton made us and other plants have also been important in our history. A plant powered the Industrial Revolution, another fed the masses and a third displayed our great wealth for the country to admire. What plants would you include in your list?

This is a free talk delivered by Anne Beswick from Manchester Guided Tours.

No need to book just drop in.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

6.30-7.30pm

Central Library
Performance space
St Peters Square
Manchester

Friday, 12 May 2017

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment.

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

North City Nomads Trip to Skipton

Over 250 North Manchester residents went on a day trip to Skipton this month. Upon arrival, they were given a warm welcome at the weekly 3 Lions Coffee Morning and then visited The Lord’s Bedchamber at Skipton Castle. As always, a fantastic day was had by all, spending time with friends and meeting new people!

The North City Nomads AGM will take place at the Whitemoss Club, Southdown Crescent on 10th May 2017 at 1.30pm.

The group is also actively recruiting volunteers and has a number of exciting roles for people interested in lending their support. For further information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or t.annette@manchester.gov.uk.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lone Star Dining are looking for Volunteers aged between 50yrs and 75yrs

Information from Lone Star Dining (courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

This is a social eating approach and naturally it is about involving a community and working in partnership with local businesses. As such we will be having conversations with breweries, pub managers, cafe managers, restaurants and social club trustees about their offer of service to older people.

We are looking for volunteers who could visit a range of eateries and pubs and social clubs with the Lone Star Dining approach. All volunteers will receive training to acquire the skills to design develop and deliver the approach, and expenses to purchase a beverage and cake at each venue they visit. Some of our service users have told us they resist organised activity delivered through projects, schemes and churches because they don't identify as old/elderly and they want to socialise when they want to, not when it has been arranged by a third party. We are offering the older community a way to open up their community, extend their friendships groups and most importantly we are giving them choice about when and where they socialise and who with. Something many of us take for granted.

Click here for more information, and if you want to volunteer please contact Marie Greenhalgh 07875286866 or email thegpprojects@live.co.uk.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

One Million Mentors

The purpose of One Million Mentors is to train, recruit and connect a million mentors to a million young people in the UK to help them maximise their talents and get into the world of work, over the next 10 years.

Organisers are piloting their offer in Manchester and are looking to recruit 200 mentors by the end of June to be trained and deployed to organisations working with young adults aged 18-25

It's easy to sign up - just click here and you'll be registered in no time.

For more information contact Rosa Battle 07983990907 or rosa.battle@yahoo.com

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Whalley Range News and Events Spring Issue

The Whalley Range Community Forum has lots of exciting events coming up – including the Celebrate Festival on 1st May.

They have put together a Spring issue of News and Events which you can see on their website.  Click here to get the details.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Age Friendly Manchester Design Group

The group has been running since 2012 and has a diverse membership. This includes retired Planners and Architects, students, practising Architects, Access Officers and more. They work on varied projects such as Age-friendly parks and homes, street design, events, funding bids and public consultations.

Meetings are on a Wednesday from 13:00 - 15:00, every six weeks. To find out more contact Patrick Hanfling on 0161 234 4188 or p.hanfling@manchester.gov.uk.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)