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Suffolk Ageing Well

l&WThe isolation of older people in our community is a “national shame” says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. He is not wrong.

At the Suffolk Ageing Well conference hosted by Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board, 150 delegates considered how communities need to change in order to support people to sustain their independence well into their older years.  The conference heard from speakers on the trinity of factors that together contribute to resilience for people in their older years ‘People’, ‘Place’ and ‘Services’.

Cultural Intelligence played a major role in the conference attended by ‘big cheeses’ from health, local authorities, well being services, the police, housing and social care services. We designed an experiential learning exercise called Local & Wise in which the senior managers, policy makers and political leaders dropped their formal roles to work in groups focusing on their own local neighbourhood. The exercise took an asset-based approach to create a Neighbourhood Book of Wisdom to identify new possibilities for building resilient communities.

Unsurprisingly, ‘Social Isolation’ was one of the major themes identified by the delegates. Interestingly, ‘hairdressers’ featured strongly as one of the potential assets to build on.

At the end of the exercise the neighbourhood groups discussed the ‘Golden Rules’ for developing ageing friendly communities. These included

  • Listen
  • Build on what is working
  • Promote community spirit
  • Be self-reliant
  • Build respect
  • Join-up
  • Plan & design
  • Stay passionate
  • Involve all ages

L&W logoCultural Intelligence has produced a short report ‘The Suffolk Book of Neighborhood Wisdom’ is available here.

Here is the spoof newsflash we produced as part of our workshop. Thanks to broadcaster Stuart Jarrold who also gave a keynote speech at the conference.


Ageing Creatively

Ageing1.jpgWe are busy planning an exciting afternoon for the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board Ageing Well in Suffolk conference on 9th October. Whilst the focus of the HWB conference is on how communities can develop to support people living more independently for longer into their older years a sister concert from Suffolk Age UK looks at the part that creativity can play in helping the individual to age well.

Ageing Creatively on 8th October, hosted in Ipswich by broadcaster and journalist Martin Bell OBE is presented in partnership with Dance East. Please see the linked programme which looks absolutely fabulous.

Living and Ageing Well is one of Ci’s core themes so we shall definitely be there. Don’t miss the presentation by our friends at Suffolk Artlink on their fabulous Been There, Done That, Still Moving project. Another highlight among many is Vamos Theatre and in the evening at Dance East a performance by Ladder to the Moon, an interactive theatre company founded by our Associate Justine de Mierre.

There is a discount for booking your tickets before 17th September and don’t forget to ask about the joint offer with the Ageing Well in Suffolk conference.

You can download the programme for Ageing Creatively  here