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| March 25, 2019

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Is Brighton age-friendly?

Is Brighton age-friendly?
Hannah Midgley

Brighton is known for being an inclusive community, which is emphasised by the fact that accessibility is the theme of this years Fringe, but is it really age-friendly?

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Age UK states that over “2.5 million older people feel they have no one to turn to for help or support” and is committed to providing support for older people who need advice or help with tackling loneliness and isolation.

People from the older generation can often feel especially alienated in cities, where they believe that their needs and welfare have been forgotten. This can be extremely isolating and also dangerous, especially for those who do not live near family or friends.

Brighton Council and Hove City Council is a member of The UK Network of Age Friendly Communities and states that it is committed to making the city age-friendly:

“Our aim is to foster healthy and active ageing, making it possible for people to continue to stay in their homes, participate in the activities that they value, and contribute to their communities, for as long as possible.”

The council claims that they are taking a forward-thinking approach, which will put older people at the forefront of making Brighton and Hove age-friendly. They are hosting an ‘Ageing Well Coffee and Conversation‘ on March the 1st, which will create a space for providers and residents to join together to discuss what can be done to improve the city for older residents. This will be a good chance to hear from local providers about the services already available – Ageing Well Service, Age UK Brighton & Hove, The Carers Hub, My Life, It’s Local Actually – and give residents the opportunity to have their say in what could change.

Do you think Brighton is an Age Friendly City? Have your say on our Facebook page: The Brighton Journal

The event will take place from 9.45am until noon at
Brighthelm Community Centre. The event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information about this event contact 01273 296580. Booking is not necessary 

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