November has started with a bang - and it's not just the fireworks!
On 1st November a group of Elders Council members met in City Library to test a Chatbot being developed by Newcastle City Council. The Chatbot is a virtual adviser available on the Council's website. Some of us fared better than others in getting our questions answered, but all our feedback will be used to develop the Chatbot.
On 5th November members from Elders Council and Search took part in a Listening Project facilitated by Independent Age. We shared our thoughts on our experiences of ageing and talked about the issues that concern us including intergenerational relationships and fairness; how we will manage when we need care; how to stay financially secure in later life and the suitability of our housing. But our particular concern was how to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue an interest in later life and maintain their social connections.
On 6th November several members attended a consultation event at the Civic Centre on the Development and Allocations Plan. It may not sound exciting, but it's very important that we have our say on the Local Plan and proposals for new developments including transport and housing. Our response to the consultation will be available on our website shortly.
Don't miss the opportunity to join us on 19th November for the premiere of the film of 'Doorbells - Dreaming for our future'. With sensitivity and humour, this moving performance explores where and how we will live as we grow older. Don't miss it! Book a place now!
The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.
Members of the Elders Council and Search participated in a lively discussion at the Independent Age Listening Event. They shared their experiences of ageing; what would help people to age well and issues which they thought both Elders Council and Independent Age should work on in the future. Suggestions included intergenerational relationships; care services and housing.