ACE investment in arts for older people

Great to hear that several of our bolder and wiser contributors were successful recipients of the recent one off grant from arts council england.   Both Entelechy Arts and the Building Exploratory will be working in new partnerships in 2010 to develop arts opportunities for older people ; Entelechy with Battersea Arts Centre and the Building Exploratory with Cubitt Gallery.  We’ll look forward to hearing more about what happens next year…

Congratulations also to Greenwich Dance Agency, Akademi, Arts Depot, Space in partnership with Age Concern, and Westminster Arts who also successfully bid for funds.  You can read more about the work each has planned here.

Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago

A study published this week by Nielsen showed that more people aged 65 and over are going online, as well as spending more time browsing (time spent on the Internet by seniors increased 11 percent in the last five years, from approximately 52 hours per month in November 2004 to just over 58 hours in 2009).

More interestingly, the 8th most popular online activity is planning for a leisure trip (ranking just under news-reading and checking personal health care). In terms of websites visited, Google, Facebook and Youtube all make the top 5.

Bolder and Wiser is upon us!

signsoloOur Bolder & Wiser event takes place at NCVO tommorrow. While the event is now fully booked, we’ll be posting highlights from the day on our upcoming Youtube channel. We’ll post more news on this blog as it happens. If you are attending, go to our Bolder & Wiser page for details on the breakout sessions and the delegate list.

Also, check out our Older People tag here on the blog for more info, and please do join in and comment on what we’re writing. You can also follow us on Twitter @audienceslondon for the latest news, and we’ll be using the hash tag #bolderandwiser to collect together what people are saying about the event.

Older People and Voluntary Arts: Steps to Meaningful Participation

s_vanThe Voluntary Arts Network is the national development agency for arts participation. They regularly publish the VAN Briefing, a handy set of factsheets that offer loads of tips on how to encourage participation in the arts. One particular Briefing, called ‘Older People and Voluntary Arts: Steps to Meaningful Participation‘ adapts information from the Age & Opportunity report, Guidlines for Working with Older People and the Arts and breaks down the information into three steps: Planning, Implementation and Monitoring & Evaluation.

Age and opportunity

older_adultsIn just over 15 years, older people will represent the majority of the population.

In what way is this a challenge and in what way is it an opportunity?

The Learning Lab at NESTA are researching these questions right now. We’ll be thinking about them from the perspective of the cultural sector this Thursday and will be feeding back soon….

What do you think?

How growing old became fun

gen_232-2An ineteresting article posted on yesterday’s Guardian website examined the link between older people’s improved state of healthcare and their resulting need for more varied lifestyles. One quote by Emma Soames from Saga magazine really stood out for me, “Old age is often painted as a place of vulnerability, frailty and great expense. But you can – people already do – have a good quality of life in your 70s. I don’t want to live to 120, but I would like the end of my life to be active and valid.” This begs for the question: What could the arts sector do to fit in to this desire for activity and validity?

Fancy working after 65? Think again…

SidPrior1A little bit of live news coverage today from the AL’s fictitious Newsroom (!) The High Court has ruled that British employers are allowed to force employees over the age of 65 to retire, even if the employee doesn’t want to leave. According to the BBC article covering the issue, ‘The majority of people retire before 65, but 1.3 million people work beyond state pension age. It has been suggested that many more would if their employer permitted it.’ Looking at a 2006 Guardian article adressing the fact that ‘2.6 million people aged between 50 and 65 who are unemployed or economically inactive would prefer to be working’, does today’s ruling seem sensible or unfair? And what effect could this have on older people’s engagement with the arts?dial-a-ride-3543

On local news, the BBC has also published an article  today showing that elderly Londoners are finding it harder to book journeys using the Dial-a-Ride service due to the introduction of a new computerised system in 2008.