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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Report launch of ‘The Golden Generation? Wellbeing and inequalities in later life’

19 July 2017

On Tuesday 11 June at Manchester Central Library, MICRA and the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub held an Expert Briefing on this new MICRA report on Wellbeing & Inequalities in Later Life.

This briefing was fully attended by an audience of policymakers, commissioners and providers of services to older people and those in mid-life including local government, NHS and the Third Sector. It’s speakers were Professor James Nazroo who is the lead for the ‘Frailty, resilience and inequality in later life’ research programme and co-director of MICRA, Paul McGarry, Head, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England and Dan Jones, Director of Innovation and Change, Centre for Ageing Better.

This panel presented the report findings to a full house, all eager to discuss the report outcomes and impact on policy. By examining the impact that work, retirement, social activity, volunteering and health all have on the wellbeing of older people, the report concludes that the “golden generation” referred to in its title is a myth that can no longer be applied to today’s population of older people. Socioeconomic inequalities are outlined and policymakers are urged to address the social, economic and health inequalities that lead to a decline in wellbeing in later life.

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