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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

MICRA takes part in Manchester City Council’s Age-Friendly Manchester

13 January 2015

MICRA members recently took part in Manchester City Council’s hugely popular and successful ‘An Ageing World: Opportunities for Manchester’ event.

With the aim of promoting the city’s internationally recognised Age-friendly Manchester programme, developing new partnerships and discussing plans for the programme’s next phase including a range of new age-friendly city projects, the event was led by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Manchester City Council Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein and Councillor Sue Cooley.

The event discussed four key themes:

  • Knowledge: How can the city become the world's leading centre for knowledge about ageing? How can the city benefit from local ageing research?
  • Economy and Growth: How can Manchester take advantage of new ageing markets? How can extending working lives support economic growth in Manchester?
  • Neighbourhood: What do age-friendly Manchester neighbourhoods look like? Who can take action? How can age-friendly neighbourhoods support public sector reform? What new forms of housing does the city need?
  • Culture: How can the city's AFM Cultural Offer programme promote social action, generate new art and improve health and well-being?

Representing MICRA and the University of Manchester was Professor Chris Phillipson, Director of MICRA, who led an inspiring knowledge panel workshop alongside Professor James Nazroo, Professor Tom Scharf and Dr Elaine Dewhurst.  Tine Buffel also spoke at the event, emphasising the importance of involve ageing people as researchers not ‘subjects’ whilst Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester declared herself proud of the links between the University of Manchester and Manchester City Council.

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