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Welcome to September's edition of The loop / Y ddolen. In this edition you can find out more about our Age Positive Week that starts on Sunday, our transforming social care and combating isolation and loneliness lecture, how you can take part in Nordic Walking, we're delighted to announce our new Chair, and how our 'More money in your pocket' guide can help you ensure you're claiming everything you're entitled to. 

Age Positive Week

This Sunday starts our week long Age Positive Week celebrations. Age Positive Week is our annual celebration of all that’s positive about ageing. If you have an event taking place next week, why not make it an Age Positive event. 

Being age positive is crucial in creating an age friendly Wales, so why not celebrate positive ageing? Be part of Age Positive Week between Sunday 30 September and Sunday 7 October 2018.

For more information about Age Positive Week and how you can get involved, please visit our website via the link below.

Age Positive Week

Transforming social care and combatting isolation and loneliness – lecture. In memory of Meirion Hughes. Sponsored by Ann Jones AM.

We’re delighted to invite you to an event to be held at the Senedd from 12pm - 2pm on Thursday 4 October 2018.

The event will hear thoughts from Gwenda Thomas (former Minister) and Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, on transforming social care and combatting isolation and loneliness in Wales.

It will provide an opportunity to discuss the issues while reflecting on the significant contribution of Meirion Hughes, Age Cymru’s former Chair of Trustees to this agenda.
  • Welcome, introductions and remembering Meirion
  • Transforming social care and combatting isolation and loneliness in Wales
  • The Welsh Government Perspective
  • Q&A with audience members
Following the formal part of the event there will be an opportunity for further discussion and networking over lunch. If you would like to attend please email Sarah Lord or call 029 2043 1555. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Ann Jones AM                                                    Victoria Lloyd
National Assembly for Wales                            Age Cymru

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Nordic Walking is one of Europe's fastest growing forms of physical activity and is a great way of staying healthy.

You walk using a pair of specially designed, lightweight poles that provide additional support meaning you get more from the exercise. Nordic Walking provides a numbers of benefits above that of normal walking. It exercises 90% of your muscles increasing strength in your legs, arms, shoulders, chest and back.

Nordic Walking is less tiring than normal walking and it can increase your heart rate by up to 13% meaning that you receive greater benefit through less effort.

If you’d like more information about Nordic Walking or want to know if there’s a class near you, please contact our Physical Activity team.
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New Chair for Age Cymru

We’re delighted to announce we’ve appointed Dr Malcolm Fisk as our new Chair for the next four years.
Dr Fisk has extensive experience of working with older people having set up Wales’ first Care and Repair Service in the Rhondda, where he has lived for the past 35 years.

He also chaired the Welsh Government’s National Partnership Forum for Older People that helped shape the Strategy for Older People and establish the Office of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

“I am under no illusions that leading this charity for the next four years will be a huge undertaking as we look for answers to some very difficult questions such as how should Wales establish a fair and effective system for care at home and in care settings. We also want our health and social services working together more effectively so that older people are not stranded on hospital wards waiting for a care package that will return them safely to their communities.

We will work with local and central governments to help make Wales more accessible and age friendly, offering both opportunities and basic services that are necessary for all of us to live fulfilled lives.

“And of course we will continue to celebrate the huge contributions that older people make to Welsh communities everyday whether as child minders enabling family members to continue working, older workers offering younger colleagues their experience and expertise, or as volunteers running sports and social clubs the length and breadth of the country.”

More money in your pocket

Every year, it’s estimated that billions of pounds of state benefits intended for people on low incomes goes unclaimed by older people. Our 'More money in your pocket' guide can help.
If you’re 60 or over, you could be entitled to benefits that you haven’t been able to claim before. These can help you keep your independence and improve your standard of living by helping with housing costs, care needs or general day-to-day living expenses.

So it’s well worth reading through this guide to see whether you’re claiming all that you’re due.
Mwy o arian yn eich poced
More money in your pocket
Reminder - can you help us by completing our ‘Community Calculator’. We’re asking you to score your community and the things that make somewhere a good place to live and work can change as we get older.

It’s vital that the needs of older people are considered to ensure we all have the opportunity to achieve the best health, wellbeing and quality of life that we are able.

Cyfrifiannell cymuned
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Thanks for your ongoing support.

Best wishes

Sarah Megson
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