Response to the Greater London Authority’s strategy consultation, ‘Towards an Older People’s Strategy for London’, February 2006
Thames Reach would like the strategy to consider the needs of those who experience the ageing process much earlier than the general population.
These people are likely to need the same levels of support and care as people of pensionable age, but at a significantly younger age.
We would also like to see greater recognition of the barriers that exist for people who are ‘furthest from the job market’ and support for specialist schemes that help people return to work.
However, non-vocational schemes are also vitally important, as they provide a social network and combat loneliness.
The impact of substance misuse among older people, as well as mental health problems, should be recognised.
There is a severe shortage of suitable, accommodation for people who have multiple needs and require long-term, permanent support and personal care.