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Your September Update

Welcome to your September Update. Our campaigners have been busy over the summer, handing in petitions to 10 Downing Street and writing to leadership candidates. It's only possible for us to campaign tirelessly for older people and provide services for those most in need with your support, so thank you.

Are you worried about someone?

Some of our recent research has highlighted how many people feel ill-equipped to help a loved they think may be struggling.

If this feels like you, we've written some guidance on how to raise difficult topics with loved ones.

Having difficult conversations

Staying safe from scams

Scams are a huge issue for older people, and scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The impact on scam victims isn't just financial, but often emotional as well. Thanks to the support of people like you, we've been working to give older people the tools they need to stay safe at home and online. Read more about our work and our top tips for avoiding scams.

Our Love Later Life Hero

This edition we have two Love Later Life Heroes. Vivian, who is 89 years old, was nominated by her daughter for her selflessness in caring for others and volunteering in her community. Pat was nominated for volunteering at her local Age UK, North Craven, for 30 years – incredible!

BBC Lifeline appeal

In April, Age UK appeared on the BBC's Lifeline appeal. In the programme, our ambassador Len Goodman visited Age UK Southwark and met Joan, who spoke about how activities at her local Age UK helped ease the loneliness she felt after her husband died.

Standing up for mixed age couples

We've been lobbying against unfair changes to Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for mixed age couples that came into force on 15 May. The new regulations mean some couples are now missing out on up to £7000 a year. Read more about the campaign.

Love Christmas carol concert

Join us on 5 December for our annual celebrity carol concert, and help us raise vital funds to support older people who need our help this Christmas. Last year, we were joined by Len Goodman, Penny Smith and Laura Wright.

Saving free TV for older people

Our campaign to save free TV licences for over 75s was running at full throttle over the summer.

We ran our biggest ever petition, and in August, we handed over 600,000 signatures to Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street.

How we've campaigned

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