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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

MICRA presents to the United Nations Working Group on Ageing

14 July 2015

Tine Buffel today presents to the United Nations Manchester’s world-leading work to improve the lives of older people.

Sociologist Dr Buffel joins a panel at the UN in New York to present research around ageing in urban environments and developing age-friendly cities.

Tine will speak as part of a three-day UN summit on protecting the human rights of older people. ‘This is an amazing opportunity to present Manchester’s innovative research and practice across the University,  the city council and local communities to a global audience’, said Tine.  The age-friendly approach championed by Manchester is increasingly recognised as a model which promotes the right to a good old age.

The panel on recent policy developments and initiatives will consider the research and activities across partners in Manchester that make the city age-friendly. Tine will argue that ensuring full rights of older people as ‘urban citizens’ is essential to achieving an age-friendly city,  ‘It’s important that older people to feel that the city belongs to them as much as anyone else – and we believe the age-friendly approach is effective in doing this and can be replicated across neighbourhoods’

Tine will highlight the Manchester Ageing Study where older residents, aged between 58 and 74-years-old, were trained as co-researchers to explore the ‘age-friendliness’ of three Manchester neighbourhoods. The Manchester experience is that training older people as co-researchers is effective in gaining a deeper understanding of the issues that older people themselves view as important.

Manchester became the first UK city to be recognised as ‘age-friendly’ by the World Health Organisation in 2010. Alongside the Manchester Ageing Study MICRA has published a research guide to working with older people as co-researchers and a film on researching age-friendly communities.

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