Seminar materials

Title: Rural ageing and equality

Presenter: Vanessa Burholt (Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University)

Date: 8th March, 2017

Abstract: This presentation explores issues of equality for older people living in rural areas of England and Wales. Drawing on data from the ESRC funded Grey and Pleasant Land study it explores the intersectionality of rural area with age, gender, marital status and disability/health in relation to distribution of resources, recognition and representation of rural older people. Rural areas are described in terms of their population density and nearness to urban locations; level of deprivation; resource dependency; and population turnover/stability. The roles of rural areas (classified using these dimensions) are explored in relation to the distribution of material and social resources of older people. With regard to recognition, a rural ageing identity is observable in institutionalized pattern of cultural values (the rural idyll) which emphasizes the bucolic and virtuous nature of community life.  Recognition through social status may be captured by the extent one can meet certain lifestyle expectations, thus we examine the relationship between rural area, leisure pursuits and participation in the social life of communities.  Representation flows from voting behaviours and political participation; however, the degree to which elected officials represent the voices of rural elders is examined through their trust in local officials and the strength of local concerns.

Media link: Video recording of presentation
File: Powerpoint presentation as PDF file Massey_Rural_ageing_and_equality_Mar2017_Burholt_etal.pdf (646 KB)

Title: Policy challenges from the World Health Organization

Presenter: Norah Keating (University of Alberta) and Judith Phillips (Stirling University)

Date: 8th March, 2017

Abstract: In late 2015, The World Health Organization released The World Report on Ageing and Health. Its’ goal is to improve health of older people in all world regions. Its’ approach pushes the boundaries of how we understand health. It admonishes governments to do more. In this presentation Professors Keating and Phillips discuss the WHO Report, its’ ecological definition of healthy ageing and the WHO argument that we must reduce the rising inequities among older people within and across world regions. They complement the WHO framework with a presentation of their theoretical work on age-friendly and liveable environments. They and propose a framework for identifying key elements in liveability of older persons, toward creating knowledge to inform policy development to increase or sustain healthy ageing.

Media link: Video recording of presentation
File: Powerpoint presentation as PDF file Massey_Policy_challenges_from_WHO_Mar2017_Keating_Phillips .pdf (540 KB)

Title: Housing an Ageing Population

Presenter: Professor Judith Phillips, Chair of Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population

Date: 9th March, 2017

Abstract: Current housing issues in Wales and New Zealand are very similar. Both countries are experiencing a shortage of housing in main centres which has been referred to as a ‘housing crisis’. Both governments are developing policy responses to create more housing. With the ageing of the population, the growing numbers of older people affected by housing issues, and the importance of housing and the housing environment for health and wellbeing, the needs of older people must be considered in these developments. Wales is leading New Zealand in this context. The Welsh Government has pledged to build an additional 20,000 affordable homes a year, end ‘Right to Buy’, and introduce a new ‘Rent to Own’ model of social housing. They will also consider other steps that might be taken to improve supply including addressing the particular issue of supply of housing for older people. Professor Phillips will discuss the findings outlined by the Housing an Ageing Population Group’s Policy Report and contribute to discussions of how they can apply to the New Zealand context.

Media link: Video recording of presentation (hosted by Victoria University)

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