Socially Inclusive Ageing across the Life-course

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 Brunel University London Kingston Lane Uxbridge UB8 3PH

If we aim to provide better health and social care services for older people, we need to get away from one-dimensional approaches that do not look beyond age or illness and disability. At this session we present early findings from a 3-year study on Socially Inclusive Ageing across the Life-course (SIAL).

Our focus is on three groups of older people that are sometimes overlooked:

  • People ageing with a lifelong disability or significant health condition
  • People from racially minoritised ethnic groups
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans LGBTQ+

We will explain what we can learn about these groups from large-scale surveys. We will also present spoken word, video and text clips from interviews we have carried out with older people about ageing and their experience of health and social care services.

We will explore the complexities of aspects of identity including ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and age. We want to help practitioners in health, social care and allied professions understand how identity affects inequalities and how we can use this understanding to develop the kinds of services older people from minority groups tell us they want.

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This event takes place in the same location as the Ageing Research Showcase, starting at 10am. Please register separately for that event.

This event is part of the Brunel Research Festival, which returns this May for a packed programme of online and in-person activities, celebrating how Brunel's research is changing society for the better. Free and open to all. 

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