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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Greater Manchester Ageing Hub calls for mainstreaming of ageing into policy

21 April 2017

The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub has called for ageing to be a central part of mainstream policy and practice in the region.

Paul McGarry, Head of the Ageing Hub, made the appeal in a new report highlighting the key themes from the first Greater Manchester Ageing Conference held in February 2017. 

The sell-out conference organised by the Ageing Hub, which includes MICRA, brought together 273 individuals representing 129 difference organisations across Greater Manchester, the UK and internationally to be a platform for taking action across GM agencies and communities. Common themes include strengthening the voice and role for GM residents, further developing the relationship with GM universities, and creating a GM narrative to tell a different story about ageing and to combat ageism. The report also focuses on housing, employment and skills, harness culture and combating inequalities in later life for minority groups. 

"We encourage all those involved and interested in this agenda to utilise the Ageing Hub as a platform for your work, to meet others working in similar areas, and to share best practice, insight and research," said Paul McGarry. 

The key recommendations from the outputs of the Greater Manchester Ageing Conference 2017 and the three reports launched on the day will form the foundations for an ageing agenda and work plan across Greater Manchester.  This includes Professor Chris Phillipson’s report ‘Developing a strategy for age-friendly Greater Manchester’

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