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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Landmark conference paves the way for Greater Manchester to become UK first age-friendly city region

1 March 2017

The first Greater Manchester Ageing Conference has been hailed as a landmark event by city leaders who aim to make Greater Manchester the UK’s first age-friendly city-region.

The sell-out conference held on 16 February 17 by the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub brought together over 200 key local, national and international players to look at the practical steps to make Greater Manchester age-friendly.

‘We are determined to make the ageing process as good as it can be made here in Greater Manchester’ said Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor. ‘We want to give people as they age, real dignity in life and the real opportunity to both contribute and benefit from the things that are there.’

The event provided an important platform to connect research, policy and practice on ageing. Speakers included Alana Officer from the World Health Organisation and NHS England National Clinical Director for Older People Professor Martin Vernon. Conference delegates took part in workshops and discussions to inform the development of age-friendly policies and shape Greater Manchester priorities. 

Paul McGarry, GM Ageing Hub strategic lead, said, ‘this conference has been about bringing together all the Greater Manchester community organisations, universities, national and international organisations to create a new platform, a new movement for better ageing’.

The conference marked the launch of  Professor Chris Phillipson’s report ‘Developing a strategy for age-friendly Greater Manchester’ and celebrated the Greater Manchester’s 5 year partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation supported by the Big Lottery to improve later life.

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