Learning from Japan about supporting workers who live with dementia

On 30 September trade unionists from across Scotland gathered in Glasgow to learn how to support workers affected by dementia; directly or as carers

A highlight of the conference, which was organized by Age Scotland in partnership with Scottish TUC and Alzheimer Scotland, was a video of an interview with Tomo; a visitor from Japan who is living and working with dementia, undertaken by Agnes Houston; a campaigner who herself has the condition.

At the conference Age Scotland launched a new free guide on Dementia and the Workplace.  While employers in Scotland are the main audience for this guide, it also proposes actions that everyone in a workplace can take to become more dementia aware, from occupational health professionals to customer facing staff.

You can download the guide at www.yourbrainyourjob.scot.

Introducing the Age Scotland Employer of the Year Award

Do you know someone who is making a difference to the lives of older people in Scotland. Well tell us about them! The Age Scotland Awards are now open for nominations, says Katrina Coutts, Age Scotland’s Communications and Marketing Manager.

The Age Scotland Awards celebrate the groups and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the lives of older people.

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Last year we were bowled over with the nominations we received and the winners, announced at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament, were an inspiration and showed just how vital a part older people play in our communities. You can find out more about last years inspirational winners on our Awards pages.

This year, reflecting the fact that the number of older people in the workplace is rising – a combination of the scrapping of the mandatory retirement age and the ever-rising pension age – we’ve added a new category. Through the Employer of the Year Award we’re wanting to hear about those workplaces which are championing their older employees through good practice.

Earlier this year I took part in a discussion on BBC Radio Scotland’s Morning Call show on the back of a survey of more than 2,000 UK workers aged over 40. Of those surveyed, one in seven had seen younger staff promoted ahead of them and one in eight had been passed over for other opportunities at work.

More than one in 10 had been asked when they will retire and the same number reported having jokes made about their age, while one in seven have had someone ask them their age in a job interview.

The results suggest that, on average, 54 is when people believe their age really starts to negatively impact their career. 54! At that age you’re very likely to have a good chunk of your career ahead of you, so it’s a long time to be treading water or feeling out of place.

So please tell us you know of places where you’re not shunted into a corner once you pass 50, you are given opportunities to still develop your career, and your employer understands and responds to the other things going on in your life – particularly given the fact that people at this age have a higher likelihood of caring responsibilities, both for ageing relatives and also young grandchildren.

Whether it be through ensuring staff get pre-retirement training and in-depth pension support and advice, to providing flexible working or after work fitness clubs, our judges are looking for any innovative ways that companies are helping their older workforce.

full list of categories:

  • The Jess Barrow Award for Campaigning and Influencing – sponsored by McCarthy & Stone
  • The Patrick Brookes Partnership Award – sponsored by Specsavers
  • Service for Older People Award
  • Member Group of the Year Award – sponsored by David Urquhart Travel
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – sponsored by Solicitors for Older People Scotland
  • Employer of the Year Award

So get nominating. More information and the form can be found at www.agescotland.org.uk/awards

Nomination forms must be received no later than Friday 29 August. Further details of the actual Awards event, which will be held in October to mark international Older People’s Day, will be published shortly.

A drum roll please

On 1st October we’ll be presenting the inaugural Age Scotland Awards.  Here’s who is on the shortlist.

Celebration

Thank you to the many groups and individuals who sent us an entry, for themselves or on behalf of others, for the Age Scotland Awards 2013.  We’ve been hugely impressed by the quality of applications, demonstrating yet again the vibrancy of older voluntary action, and that creativity, dedication and inspired collaboration can be found in Scotland’s services for older people.   Here’s the shortlist:

Volunteer of the Year

  • Mr Bill Brack
  • Felix Porter
  • Mrs Mary (May) Wallace
  • John Dickson
  • Anne Grindley – Contact the Elderly

Member Group of the Year

  • St Mungo’s Old Folks Centre of Wellbeing
  • Citadel Arts Group
  • Westhill and District Men’s Shed
  • Dance House

Jess Barrow Award for Campaigning

  • Grey Matters
  • Tommy Whitelaw
  • Viewpoint Housing Association
  • Woodlands Senior Citizens Club

Patrick Brooks Award for Partnership Working

  • Clackmannanshire Older Adults Forum
  • Viewpoint Housing Association and Impact Arts
  • Stay Safe Project Steering Group

Services for Older People

  • Tiree Resource Club
  • Midlothian Garden Services
  • Cowal Elderly Befriender’s SCIO
  • Food Train Friends
  • Keeping in Touch Edinburgh (KITE)

The Awards will be made on 1st October 2013 at Age Scotland’s Scottish Parliamentary Reception.  For more information about the Awards and this event email us at Awards@agescotland.org.uk.

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