Special Events

Launch of Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Wednesday 1st July 18.30-20.00

Wine reception, sponsored by Routledge, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quayside, Location 3 The editors will be joined at the launch by a number of authors from the Routledge Handbook, which is a British Society of Gerontology associated book. Based on specially commissioned chapters by over fifty leading international authors, the Handbook provides concise authoritative reviews of the key debates and themes shaping this exciting new field of cultural gerontology.

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HenPower Roadshow

Thursday July 2nd 13.00-15.00

Location 1, Main Conference Atrium

HenPower is an award winning project run by the charity Equal Arts, creatively engaging older people in hen keeping and arts activities to help combat loneliness and depression and improve wellbeing.  We are delighted that delegates will have the opportunity to meet the Hensioners, as well as some of the hens and to hear first hand about this exciting initiative which has captured hearts and imaginations. See HenPower


Launch of Policy Press Books                            Policy press

Thursday 2nd July 16.30-17.00

Location 1, conference centre atrium

Refreshments served, sponsored by Policy Press Policy Press is proud to be launching the following books Ageing, insight and wisdom: Meaning and practice across the lifecourse, Ricca Edmondson This exciting book focuses on older people as makers of meaning and insight, highlighting the ways older people form part of social and symbolic landscapes and the types of wisdom they can offer. Researching the lifecourse: Critical reflections from the social sciences Edited by Nancy Worth and Irene Hardill Features methods linking time, space and mobilities and provides practitioners with practical detail in each chapter. It covers the full lifecourse and includes innovative methods and case study examples from different European and North American contexts.


Skimstone Arts presents Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox

Thursday 2nd July 17.15-18.00

Location 4 Northumbria University Theatre

Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox is an award-winning sensitive, humorous and challenging multimedia and physical theatre performance, with original music and projection. It invites us to follow the considerable changes in the lives of Jack and Jill, and their children Lucy and Peter, due to a diagnosis of dementia explores some of the complexities of this condition, and encourages us to think about how we live and work alongside those in our communities who have dementia.. "It’s a beautifully crafted piece of theatre, which captures the tensions of dementia really well." PRISM ARTS

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Launch of MICRA co-research booklet

Friday 3rd July, 10.30-11.00,

Location 1, conference centre atrium

Refreshments served, sponsored by MICRA

This booklet entitled ‘Researching age-friendly communities: stories from older people as co-investigators’ edited by Tine Buffel, tells the story of older people who have been involved as co-researchers in a study aimed at developing age-friendly neighbourhoods in Manchester. The booklet, based on 68 in-depth interviews with older people experiencing social exclusion and poverty, offers thoughts, practical tips, and critical reflections to inspire ways of rethinking the different ways in which older people can be involved in research and social action to improve the physical and social environment of their neighbourhood.  Developed in partnership with the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) at the University of Manchester and Age-Friendly Manchester, Manchester City Council.