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St Oswald's Village Hosts Ageing Debate

24th January, 2012

St Oswald's Retirement Village in Gloucester has hosted a debate on ageing as part of a new Ageing Well campaign run by local newspapers, BBC Radio Gloucester and Age UK Gloucester.

St Oswald’s residents Jackie Smith, Jill Blanche and Jan Head, BBC Radio Gloucester’s Chris Baxter, and residents Linda Cassar and Chris Gardner.

The Citizen and Gloucester Echo were part of the debate, which was presented by BBC Radio Gloucester's Chris Baxter.

Residents and other guests were able to raise issues with a panel of experts, including John Wilkey, a solicitor specialising in issues affecting older people, Chief Executive of Gloucester City Homes Ashley Green, and Village and Community Agent Qing Lin.

The biggest topic debated was financial security in later life, with several people explaining the difficulties of budgeting when living on a pension, and one NHS staff member admitting that she is afraid she will never be able to afford to retire. Residents from the ExtraCare village and staff from Rooftop, ExtraCare's housing partner in St Oswald's Village, explained the applications process and the different types of tenure available at the retirement village.

Solicitor John Wilkey suggested that older people find a financial advisor. "Many people need to look at ways of raising capital, and there's also often a lot of help from welfare benefits. You need to find someone with experience in elder care issues," he said.

Residents of the Gloucester retirement village also raised the issue of poor bus services in the area, and their fear of crime outside the Village. Resident Lillian Tomlins also spoke about how little time she is given by her GP during appointments.

Several people complained about the generation gap, and Village Activity Facilitator Scott Reed-King talked about the intergenerational activities being held within the Village. He said: "It gives our residents confidence to interact with younger people and stops them being afraid of going out and encountering them, and it gives young people a chance to come in and realise what goes in here."

The debate will be broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucester on Wednesday 25th January from 10.30am until midday. Click here for more information.

Picture: St Oswald's residents Jackie Smith, Jill Blanche and Jan Head, BBC Radio Gloucester's Chris Baxter, and residents Linda Cassar and Chris Gardner.

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Henson, PR officer
0789 105 3062