Hindsight

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Officer. Do any of us really plan for later life, or is it something that just happens to us? Suddenly. So often you hear people talk about the speed of life – one minute at school, married with children, the next, onto grandparenting and suddenly there it is. You are old(er). An academic, mechanical engineering professor, Adrian Bajan is … Continue reading Hindsight

Share your advice – A Torbay guide to Retirement

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Officer WHAT do you wish you had been told about preparing for retirement when you were younger? It is easy to let retirement happen to you. But how much better would it be if you were to able to make conscious choices, do some planning and so make the most of this next phase in our lives? Retirement is … Continue reading Share your advice – A Torbay guide to Retirement

AWT Newsletter – Winter 2018-19 edition

The latest edition of the Ageing Well Torbay newsletter is now available online! In this brand new issue, read about Delwyn’s memorable journey, how Fran accidentally became a volunteer, see who won a great prize from Barclay’s photography contest, learn how you could make a difference in Torbay by having your voice heard with TOFA, and finally, discover what’s happening over the holidays – from … Continue reading AWT Newsletter – Winter 2018-19 edition

Giving older people a say

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Officer Ageing Well continues to help change attitudes to older people across the bay – but there is a way to go yet. Torbay already has a higher than average number of over 50s and that number is set to rise, topping 50% of the population in the not too distant future. Public service providers need to adapt to … Continue reading Giving older people a say

From one festival to another

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Officer Ten days ago we held our fourth Ageing Well Festival which was the culmination of a full year’s planning. It should never be underestimated how much work goes into organising events like this, from the conceptualisation through to delivery, it takes an enormous amount of effort by never enough people. In our case we have a small (but … Continue reading From one festival to another

Challenging abuse and negative perceptions

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Officer Good news from the Government this week – ageism is to being considered in a new list of hate crimes alongside racism, sexism, and discrimination towards transgender people, those with disabilities and the religious. We are generally regarded as a tolerant nation, and despite huge strides in recent years, there are still deep-rooted prejudices that pervade all our … Continue reading Challenging abuse and negative perceptions

Mindful of Mental Health

By Sue McDermott, Programme Manager Ageing Well Torbay is now more than three years into a six-year programme, and lessons are being learned as we go We now know much more about Torbay’s ageing population and the problems it faces – particularly about the often crippling and life-changing experience of isolation and loneliness. Already, with the help of some superb partners, we have identified and … Continue reading Mindful of Mental Health