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Seminar materials

Population Ageing and Work in Later Life

Date: 23-27 October 2019

Presenters: Professor Norah Keeting, Professor Fiona Alpass, Professor Masa Higo, Dr Áine Ní Léime, Professor Yueh-Ching Chou, Associate Professor Kate O’Loughlin, Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia.

Abstract: Run alongside the 2019 International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology- Asia/Oceania Regional Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan, early career scholars from 8 countries participated in a GSIA Master Class ‘Population Ageing and Work in Later Life’ with the broad aim of developing research capacity in the field of work in later life in the Asia-Oceania region. As part of the Master Class, lectures on a range of topics related to work in later life were presented by experts in the field. Participants developed extended abstracts related to their research on the topic of work in later life, introduced their research, and discussed the key issues for older workers in their home country.

Summary report: (as pdf file): GSIA Master Class Report_IAGG Asia Oceania Region Congress 2019 (722 KB)

Social Care in Transition in England

Date: Wednesday 12th  February 2019 12pm-1pm

Presenter: Professor Sue Yeandle, University of Sheffield, UK

Abstract: This presentation outlines the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme based at the University of Sheffield under the leadership of Professor Yeandle, and funded 2017-2021 by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. It highlights the progress and challenges in operationalising this ambitions programme of work and shares some of the programme’s initial findings and indications of its early impact.

Media link: Zoom Video recording of presentation and slides
Powerpoint show: (as pdf file) MasseyUniNZ_12-02-2020_Yeandle.pdf (571 KB)

Social cognition and dementia

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 2019, 9:30am – 10:30am

Presenter: Dr Michelle Kelly, University of Newcastle, Australia

Abstract: This presentation highlights recent work in the development of a social cognition screening tool for those with a diagnosis of dementia, as well as novel and objective ways of measuring empathy and will present on her recent findings in this area.

Media link: Video recording of presentation (Pending)

Environments for health equity in older age: Taking a life course perspective

Presenters: Agnes Szabo (chair and presenter), Mary Breheny, Christine Stephens

Date: April 7-11, 2019; presented at the IUHPE 23rd International Conference on Health Promotion. Rotorua, NZ

File: IUHPE 19 Symposium (3,777 KB)

Title: Iranian Longitudinal Study on Ageing

Presenter: Assistant Professor Nayyereh Aminisani (Tabriz University of Medical Sciences)

Date: 17th August, 2017

Abstract: This presentation outlines the establishment, protocol and pilot of the Iranian Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IriLSA), which is an extension of the Prospective Epidemiological Research Studies on IrAN (PERSIAN) research program http://persiancohort.com/. Against a background of significant fluctuations in fertility rate over several decades, IriLSA focuses on the health and wellbeing needs of older persons in Iran and has been developed in close collaboration with a diverse scientific advisory board.

File: Iranian Longitudinal Study on Ageing (6,758 KB)

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.