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E-Bulletin Issue 143 – October 2017

This monthly update provides news, event details, information and advice for older people and those who work with and support older people.


Latest News

Sex, Love and Intimacy Video

Sex, Love and Intimacy in Later Life

A new film has been produced by the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) focusing on stereotypes about sex and older people.

Despite research in Manchester finding that over half of men and a third of women over the age of 70 are still sexually active, the video highlights that stereotypes around ageing ignore the importance of sexuality and how vital it is to older people’s health, happiness and well-being.

The video follows the much-publicised Valentine’s Day report How long with I love you? Sex and intimacy in later life.

Your can read more on the research on MMU’s website, and watch the video online.

Nora CfAB Retirement

Retirement Transitions into Later Life

One in five adults (20%) who retired in the last five years have admitted to finding it difficult, according to a UK-wide survey carried out as part of a partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch (CGF) and the Centre for Ageing Better.

The data also revealed that only around half of UK workers planning to retire in the next five years are looking forward to it (56%), with 41% worried about managing their money and nearly a quarter worried about losing their purpose (24%).

The survey was carried out by YouGov, and is part of a study exploring how the process of retirement affects people and what kinds of intervention and support could help people to better manage the transition.

Read more about the study on the Centre for Ageing Better’s website. You can also watch a recorded interview with Nora, a retired nurse, who shares her experiences of preparing for retirement.

Tommy Walsh BBC Breakfast

Taking Loneliness Seriously

Britain’s Chief GP has warned being lonely can be as bad for someone’s health as having a long-term illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard urged GPs to make more time to see lonely patients, who are 50% more likely to die prematurely than people with a good social network.

As part of their coverage, BBC Breakfast invited South Manchester resident Tommy Walsh on to offer his wise words. Watch Tommy’s interview here, where he also describes his favourite dance, the Mississippi Dip!

Lord Mayor holding Charter

Manchester Older People’s Forum

Are you an older person living in Manchester? Do you want an opportunity to have your say on issues that directly affect people as they grow older in Manchester? Come and join the Manchester Older People’s Forum.

The Forum has been meeting since January 2007 and has over 150 members, including representatives from around 50 older people’s community groups from across the city.

At the moment, the Forum meets formally once a year and less formally for a festive celebration.

If you are interested in joining the Forum, please email or call Tracey on 0161 234 4299. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

What’s On

Events & Things To Do

Easy Rhythms Classes

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond. Activities range from days out, local history groups, IT sessions, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.

As a taster, we’ve recently added:

  • Valuing Urban Nature, an afternoon exploring the values of urban nature for well-being, ageing and biodiversity.
  • Being ‘in the moment’ with music – an interactive workshop exploring how we might better understand the experiences of people with dementia when they engage with music.
  • Everyday Places: Why neighbourhoods matter for people living with dementia. A Visual and interactive exhibition.
  • Parkinsons UK Information and Awareness Day

Please keep checking back as we add events throughout the month.

See our event listings for the latest details.

Easy Rhythms Classes

The photograph above was taken at one of Mancheser’s Easy Rhythms classes.

Easy Rhythms offers a range of gentle physical activity programmes designed to improve your fitness, strength and flexibility.

Easy Rhythms isn’t just for older people and is open to anyone who wants to gently improve their mobility or fitness.

No need to book, just turn up and give it a try  – all sessions are £1. For further information please call Active Lifestyles on Tel: 0161 234 5454

We also work closely with arts and culture organisations across the city, such as galleries and theatres, who regularly organise events for older people.  Find out more on our Age-Friendly Art & Culture page.

Volunteering & Training Opportunities

Job Vacancy: Equalities Research Co-ordinator (Accessibility and Inclusion Lead)

Salary: £14,136 per annum
Hours: 18.5 per week
Closing Date: Monday 6th November, 9am

The Accessibility and Inclusion Lead will join the two existing Equalities Research Coordinators to ensure that Equalities Board members are properly supported according to their needs and that the Board is accessible to a diverse membership. The post-holder will also be expected to develop and maintain a range of inclusive and accessible communication channels between stakeholders.

For more information visit the LGBT Foundation’s website. If you would like to have an informal chat about this post, please contact Hannah Berry on 0345 330 3030 X:310.

MICRA Leg ulcer study

The Wounds Research Group at the University of Manchester is setting up a Patient and Public Involvement Forum to help guide their research on treating and preventing leg ulcers.

They would like to hear from you if you have, or have previously had, a leg ulcer or if you care for someone ffected by this condition.

If you are interested or would like more information about beign involved, please contact Ross Atkinson
Telephone: 0161 306 7661 or 07737 996 255

MICRA Diet and eye health study

Optometry researchers at the University of Manchester are seeking participants for research which examines the link between diet and eye health as we age.

The study is recruiting volunteers aged 40-70 years old with normal vision and good general health

If you would like to be contacted please get in touch with the study team: email Laura Patryas or Elena Rodrigo, or call 0161 306 3878

Views sought – How to increase volunteering and community activity by people in later life.

The Centre for Ageing Better has launched a call for evidence on how to increase voluntary and community activity amongst people aged 50 and over and wants to hear your views. The review is calling for stories, experience and insights, both personal and professional, on what motivates people in later life to contribute to their communities and how they can be better supported.
Visit the Centre for Ageing Better website to learn more, and to share your views please visit the survey here.

For further information about these and many other volunteering opportunities, see ourWork & Volunteering page.

The City Council’s Work and Skills Team also produce their own e-bulletin – you can sign up for their updates here.

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

Lord Mayor holding Charter

Have you had your fly vaccine yet?

It is free if you are over 65.
Book your;s online or call your GP practice today.

Celebrating Meals on Wheels Week with Vegetarian for Life

Manchester-based charity Vegetarian for Life (VfL) has released a new meal delivery guide to mark Meals on Wheels Week (6-10 November).

An estimated 12,000 older adults in Greater Manchester are vegetarian or vegan. In 2014, VfL’s survey suggested that over 22% of Manchester’s care homes have vegetarian or vegan residents.

The charity has a range of free publications including cooking on a budget, nutrition, and catering guides, as well as menu planners and a wide range of recipes. Hands on training is available for care caterers in Greater Manchester.

If you would like any further information on the charity or the Dinners to your Door service, please call 0161 257 0887 or email. You can also learn more on the Vegetarian for Life website.

Parkinson’s UK – Greater Manchester Information and Awareness Day

Saturday 4 November, 10:30 – 3:30pm
Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester, M8 0AE

Including presentation on health, research and support, along with exercise and therapy sessions. Lunch is included.

To book your free place email or phone 0300 123 3672.

For further health and support information from a range of partners, including dementia, carer, mental and sexual health advice, visit our Health & Support page.

Local Age-Friendly Contacts

Our age-friendly networks bring together local organisations and groups aimed at older people.  The networks organise events and are a great way to socialise and have your say about what’s happening in the city.

Find out who to contact in your area.

The Age-Friendly Manchester Team

Established in 2003 as Valuing Older People, Age-Friendly Manchester is a partnership involving organisations, groups and individuals across the city playing their part in making Manchester a great place to grow older.

Contact the team at

We’ll be back with our next e-bulletin in a month’s time.  Please send us any news articles or event/regular group listing requests at least two weeks ahead.