Older Persons Advisory Forum Newsletter and Notice of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
Roger Panton, Chairman of the Older Persons Advisory Forum gives notice of their 2018 Annual General Meeting with the following message.
"As predicted, the weather is once again the central topic of our conversations. This year we started off with the "Beast from the East". Now we have red maps of "Sahara Heat" blowing away our once normal cool summer with clear blue skies and high temperatures.
When this is all over, we can perhaps review our own tactics and lessons learnt.
For winter - were we sufficiently organised for snow and ice and did we manage well? If not what should we think about for this coming winter? As I write this, it is very hot - 80°F - or in new money 27°C and we are sitting in the shade with brown grass and fans blowing.
Should we be thinking more about these extremes or are they going to fade like the years of 1975 & 1976? I personally don't think this is the same and we should be prepared.
In which case, do the new plans for Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead contain elements which make it easier for older members of the community? For example, we know we need shade and places to rest in summer and in the winter protection from the cold, along with dry, easy and safe places to park our cars.
Did we experience problems this summer similar to last winter with admission to hospitals? Is high heat as bad as the cold?
These questions are ongoing, along with the continued struggle by the NHS to find and implement efficiencies while at the same time improving services. Public confidence is not helped by the treatment scandals highlighted in some Trusts. We should remind ourselves that our local CCG's are rated highly and provide us with a good service.
The changes to Community Care and Social Prescribing are in the process of being implemented and OPAF continues to watch progress through 2018 and into 2019.
As we all know, progress in medicine is predicated on research carried out globally by Pharmaceutical Companies, Hospitals, Universities and Government. This research work is essential and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) would like more people to participate. OPAF supports their objectives.
The Annual General Meeting of the Older Persons' Advisory Forum will take place on Wednesday 12 September from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm in Rooms 2 & 3 of the Desborough Suite at Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, SL6 1RF. We are very pleased to be welcoming the Mayor of RBWM, Councillor Paul Lion, to open the meeting. All members and visitors are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
The AGM will include two presentations; "Seventy Years in the NHS" by Mary Spinks, CBE and "Live Long and Prosper" by Eddie Piekut. As always at the AGM, there will be elections of all nine members of the OPAF Steering Group. OPAF members are invited to make nominations in advance of the meeting, with nominees' consent. A nomination form is attached. We hope you will give this your consideration as the members elected at the AGM will be helping to manage OPAF on your behalf for the following year.
We would also like to draw your attention to the Daily Living Made Easy event, being held also on 12 September, alongside our AGM, from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm in the Desborough Suite of the Maidenhead Town Hall. This is a great opportunity to see a range of resources and equipment, designed to enable more independent living. It is also an opportunity to see how advances in technology are helping this, to see demonstrations and to speak with providers and staff. So do please visit this event (after attending the AGM).
With best wishes from the OPAF Steering Group."