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You are warmly invited to the launch of our book Re-imagining old age: wellbeing, care and participation. We are holding a seminar to launch the book on Thursday 14th June in Brighton at 3.30pm. The event is of particular interest to those working with older people and those interested in collaborative methods of both research and practice.
The event will include presentations on a range of perspectives about ageing and themes from the book. The key note speakers will be Dr Caroline Holland from the Open University and Dame Philippa Russell from the South East England Forum on Ageing. We will also hear from a range of other people working in the field both as practitioners and researchers, including Dr Nikesh Parekh, Clinical Research Fellow at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.
There will be opportunities to discuss the issues the book raises, how its central messages might apply to research and practice with older people and generate understanding about wellbeing in old age. We will also be celebrating the launch of the revised 2nd edition of As Time Goes By: thoughts on well-being in later years, the highly popular booklet written by our co-researchers drawing on their reflections of undertaking the well-being research.
The seminar event starts at 3.30pm and will be followed by tea and cakes and informal networking from 5.15 - 6 p.m. If you are not able to come for the whole seminar why not join us for tea and cake.
We do hope you can join us and please do circulate to any colleagues who may be interested. Please RSVP by 1st June or register your place here.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Re-Imagining Old Age: Wellbeing, care and participation by Marian Barnes (University of Brighton), Beatrice Gahagan (Age UK Brighton and Hove), Lizzie Ward (University of Brighton). Published by Vernon Press.
Re-Imagining Old Age: Wellbeing, care and participation presents the findings of a project that sought to understand what wellbeing means to older people and to influence the practice of those who work with older people. It applies insights from feminist ethics of care, which are based on a relational ontology that challenges neo-liberal assumptions of autonomous individualism. It draws upon a range of studies in critical gerontology that seek to understand how experiences of ageing are shaped by their social, economic, cultural and political contexts. Influenced by relational ethics, the authors are attentive to older people both as co-researchers and research respondents. By successfully applying this perspective to social care practice, they facilitate the need for practitioners to reflect on personal aspects of ageing and care but also to bridge the gap between the personal and the professional.
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