Shared views from the Age UK “Speaking Up for our Age Conference” 7 March 2012.
The conference was held in Nottingham and covered Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and our own Lincolnshire.
Conferences deliver best where the people are brought together and share their ideas and experiences and the workshops and lunch period proved fertile periods for groups and individuals to get together – the current in phrase is networking!
The attendance was a little disappointing with only around 50 people effectively representing a huge chunk of population and a significant number of older peoples groups. As Age UK was covering expenses those who failed to attend were, I feel, letting their communities down.
North Kesteven Seniors is a small but vocal group that recognises the value of the day had three people there (travelling in one car).
On arrival I was attracted by the paper that said they were producing a short piece for Age UK Radio so I put myself forward and worked with Iris Wagstaffe and John from Age UK. I had the camera, just in case and filmed the interviews we conducted – video below.
The brief was to interview people at the conference on a single topic. Given its dominance in the media at the moment we selected dignity in care and asked the question “is there one practical thing that you feel would enhance dignity in care?”
The quality of the responses was first rate as was the summary at the end from Iris. It would have been enjoyable to speak to each of the five people in the video at length, proving that there is no age limit on common sense but perhaps there is a lower limit on life experience?
To see another video that we produced covering the views of individuals and their families who used the intermediate and respite care homes run by Lincolnshire County Council which will soon be a thing of the past, click here to follow the link.
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