We aim to support and represent people aged 50 and over in Calderdale and to promote a collective voice on issues that matter to them.
For all the key local information for people aged over 50, see our latest newsletter, published 3 July.
Coronavirus Information & Advice
During the Coronavirus outbreak, we’ll be keeping you up to date with the key information and advice for older people, from sources such as the Government, Calderdale Council, the NHS and our useful directory of local companies offering food deliveries.
Changing stereotypes about ageing. Here is a link to a short video from Calderdale Council on changes the adult social care team are making to support elderly people to stay active and in their homes. Watch the video…
New video guide on using Direct Payments to pay for a PA. This webinar is helpful for anyone employing PA’s (Personal Assistants) with their Direct Payments. Access the video…
The Macular Society’s July e-newsletter is now out. It highlights the concern that patients and people experiencing worsening problems are not seeking treatment due to coronavirus. Read the newsletter…
How to manage depression during lockdown. For older people, living under lockdown and dealing with the subsequent fears caused by a global pandemic can lead to mental health conditions such as depression. Read more…
How to choose and buy a bike. Bike use during the coronavirus lockdown has surged, with many of us going back to two wheels. But how do you choose the right bike for you, with so many types now on the market.
See all our over 50’s news here.
Coronavirus Key Advice Sources
- NHS – NHS’s key advice on coronavirus – NHS Website
- NHS – NHS’s online 111 Coronavirus service – NHS Website
- NHS – Advice for vulnerable people
- Government – Coronavirus: UK government’s response/advice
- Government – Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus Start now
- Government – Coronavirus FAQ’s
- Calderdale Council – Advice and support
- Mental Heath – Comprehensive advice & support
- Energy: Energy supply advice
- BSL video updates on Coronavirus
Getting help from NHS Responders. People who are self-isolating can now ask for support from NHS Volunteer Responders. Read more about the scheme and how to access help.
New report from Independent Age – In Focus: Experiences of older age in England
Published on 16 April, this project set out to explore the reality of life for older people whose voices can be less often heard in debates about ageing, and to find out what is important for people in this age group. Read more.
Our Other Work
2018 Annual General Meeting
Our 2018 AGM featured a presentation by Paul Butcher, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, based on the Council’s Public Health Annual Report 2017-18, which looked at the lives of older people in the Calderdale area. We videoed the presentation and have broken it down into six clips, each with a separate theme. View Videos
Interview – Calderdale’s Adult Social Care. In 2018 met up with Calderdale Council’s Head of Adult Social Care, Iain Baines and interviewed him and asked him about a wide range of topics related to adult social care in the area. Iain kindly agreed to be videoed so that we could share his answers with a wider audience. View Video
Care Aware! Thank you to everyone who took part in our “Care Aware” survey. Calderdale Forum 50 Plus wanted to find out more about the social care available in Calderdale (in particular the “Gateway to Care” service run by the council), how people access it, what services they access and who provides those services. We ran a small, informal survey to act as a discussion piece. The key findings can be seen in our Care Aware Video.
Issues & Concerns Survey
We are always keen to identify the issues, concerns and worries that affect the daily life of older people and bring them to the attention of local government and private or commercial service providers. Our “Issues & Concerns” survey was run through September and October 2016 and we are now able to share the results. The “Changing Times” video below summarises the results. A more comprehensive breakdown of the survey’s findings can be downloaded here: Issues & Concerns (word file).
Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced
Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.