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All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People

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.

Next meeting

Ageing in rural areas - Monday 30 January, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Committee Room 7, House of Commons

The meeting will examine the barriers and combination of challenges that older people face in rural areas, as well as discussing best practice and exploring case studies on these issues.

Topics that will be discussed include transport and infrastructure, isolation and rural health and care.

Upcoming meetings

Following the APPG’s Annual General Meeting in October, the group has agreed its work plan for the upcoming year. Exact dates for upcoming meetings are still to be confirmed.

Late March - Mental health

This session will cover issues including depression, loneliness and dementia.

Mid - late May - Diversity of older people

This session will look at and celebrate the diversity of older people. 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 (Royal Assent on 27 July 1967).

Mid July - Positive attitudes to growing older/positive representation of older people

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.

Previous meetings

The following are the subjects the APPG for Ageing and Older People discussed in recent meetings.

Safeguarding older people from abuse and neglect (December 2016)

This session examined the issues of elder abuse, scams, domestic violence and family abuse.

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 James Farrar, Secretariat to the APPG for Ageing and Older People, at or 020 3033 1226.

Further information


Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787

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