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To link to the organisations of the SOPA Committee members, go to SOPA Committee page
Short films commissioned by SOPA
Community Alarm TeleCare Service - (2016) A video shown at Teleheathcare For Older People in Edinburgh on 31st March. In it Neil Primrose talks about the immense peace of mind for his family of the various electronic aids in his grandmother's house, allowing her to remain safely in her own home. See also 2016events.asp
'Grandparents as Kinship Carers' - (2013) A film highlighting the precarious role of grandparents as kinship carers. These are grandparents who take on full parental responsibilities for their grandchildren. Neither the financial implications nor the sacrifices are fully appreciated. Kinship grandparents Brian and Jackie speak out frankly.
'Moose in the Hoose' - (2012) A film giving a voice to older volunteers and residents in 3 Edinburgh Council's care homes. It shows the value of social contact using the medium of computers in the right kind of supportive atmosphere. (9 min.) See ACE-IT website for more information about becoming a volunteer.
'Raising the Rhythms' - (2012) A film about music in a care setting. It highlights a one-to-one session using a software programme called Hyperscore at Woodlands Day Centre in Inverness, run by Alzheimer Scotland. People with no musical background can use their ear and experiment on a computer (or an iPad) to compose simple melodies through personal interaction. (10 min.)
Active and Healthy Ageing
Ageing Society Elder Abuse Help Line
The Scottish arm of Elder Abuse Response helpline has been launched.
Call 080 8808 8141 for advice and information from a locally based and trained operator.
'Active and Healthy Ageing': an Action Plan for Scotland, 2014-2016
This report is by NHS Health Scotland and the Joint Improvement Team working in collaboration with various agencies, including SOPA. It identifies ambitious but practical actions to be achieved by 2016, based around four key themes that the older population has indicated are important to them.
Fun and enjoyment; connection to friends; contributions to society without age restrictions; being part of the dialogue about policies linked to values and respect for the individual.
Age Action Alliance
If you want to improve older people’s lives, join and as a Member (free), you will benefit from being part of a network of over 850 organisations, receive regular updates and bulletins and can get involved in taking practical action.
Care Age Action Alliance
This link goes to a website called Pinterest which is a noticeboard linking to many other sites of interest. The Noticeboard was put together by Age Action Alliance.
Computer Basics Living Well and Shaping Care
This blog looks at Living Well in Communities, the portfolio of improvement work which aims to help people to live well in their communities.
Intergenenerational Digital Unite
Digital Unite have a number of new online guides for novice users, such as how to book a holiday and best health apps.
Money Matters Generations Working Together
SOPA calls for the enhancement and widening of the existing scheme of intergenerational engagement to overcome stereotypes and build solidarity. Generations Working Together are leading this action.
Newsletter links from other organisations Tax Help for Older People
Free help from this charity if you have gross income of up to £20,000 a year and close to 60 or older.
Useful Information Gems for Enquiring Minds
GEMs is a free monthly email newsletter sent by U3A Online to anyone interested in health research in later life - brain fitness, exercise and diet that can make a difference to how we age. They can be opened at this link or you may subscribe to have the latest monthly Gem newsletter sent to you by email.
A new social security assessment process for Scotland: the views of seldom heard people (2017)
The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call 0800 4 70 80 90