Age UK provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Older People.
The APPG works to engage with the political and legislative issues before parliament affecting people in later life. The group covers a wide range of issues from housing and transport to health and social care.
Following the expected dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday 3 May, there are no Members of Parliament and Parliamentary rules prohibit APPGs from making public comment, holding events, undertaking research or issuing communications until after the election on Thursday 8 June.
The APPG intends to continue its activity in the next Parliament and will announce its plans for an inaugural meeting shortly.
Positive attitudes to ageing
Monday 10 July
This topic will include how to support older workers and ensuring that work is fulfilling, but also linking the discussion to representation and combatting stereotypes.
The following are the subjects the APPG for Ageing and Older People discussed in recent meetings.
Mental health and older people (March 2017)
The meeting discussed how mental health can affect older people, how it is treated and how older people with mental health problems can be supported.
Minutes, mental health (March 2017)
Arts, culture and older people (February 2017)
Arts Council England and the APPG held a roundtable discussion on arts, culture and older people. The roundtable explored how arts and culture improve older people’s health, well-being and quality of life.
Ageing in rural areas (January 2017)
The meeting examined the barriers and combination of challenges that older people face in rural areas, as well as discussing best practice and exploring case studies from local projects.
Minutes, rural ageing (PDF 100KB)
Safeguarding older people from abuse and neglect (December 2016)
This session examined the issues of elder abuse, scams, domestic violence and family abuse.
Minutes, safeguarding (PDF 93KB)
Annual General Meeting (October 2016)
During this meeting the APPG re-elected its co-chairs and agreed its work plan for the year ahead.
Minutes, 2016 AGM (PDF 82 KB)
Older carers and working (October 2016)
This Joint Meeting of the APPG for Carers and for Ageing and Older People looked at the challenges and barriers facing older carers as they attempt to juggle their caring responsibilities with work. The session looked at the business case for supporting carers in the workplace, as well as what is needed to improve the employment prospects of older carers.
Integration and devolution: How does it affect older people? (May 2016)
This meeting looked at integration and devolution and how it affects older people. The group discussed how health and social care provision can work together, looked at the democratic accountability in the newly devolved systems as well as the opportunities for integrated care programmes, and heard from a service user on their experiences being part of an integrated care programme.
Minutes, May 2016 (PDF 170 KB)
Housing our ageing population (March 2016)
This meeting looked at whether we have the housing we need for an ageing population, by looking at different kinds of homes such as lifetime homes, as well as independence and supporting people to stay in their homes for longer.
Minutes, March 2016 (PDF 121 KB)
Ageing alone: combating loneliness in later life (February 2016)
This meeting looked at how local authorities, health organisations and local communities are addressing loneliness among older people. The group also heard from a volunteer and beneficiary of Age UK’s telephone befriending service,Call in Time.
Minutes, February 2016 (PDF 119 KB)
Ageing today: new approaches and positive steps (December 2015)
This meeting focused on the benefits of physical activity for older people and innovative schemes to encourage take up, as well as innovative best practice and any potential barriers to making that best practice more mainstream.
Minutes, December 2015 (PDF 122 KB)
Want to attend?
If you are interested in finding out more about any of these meetings, please contact email@example.com or 020 3033 1226.