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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Age-friendly cities

Question and answer evening with discussion.

From MICRA, Age-UK and Manchester City Council

Tuesday 17 March 2015


  • Chris Phillipson, Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at the University of Manchester,  Executive Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)
  • Paul McGarry, Senior Strategy Manager, Age-friendly Manchester Team, Manchester City Council 
  • Bernadette Ashcroft, CEO, Age UK Tameside
  • Rachel Cooper, Professor of Design Management at the University of Lancaster, Member of the lead expert group providing oversight of the Foresight Future of Cities project.
  • Chair: Councillor Sue Cooley, Lord Mayor of Manchester

MICRA, Age UK and Manchester City Council co-hosted a question and answer evening on the future of Age-friendly Cities on 17 March. The event focussed on how to improve the lives of older people ‘ageing in place’ over the next 25 years in urban environments with an emphasis on discussion and audience participation.  

Following brief presentations, the panel responded to questions from the audience including representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as academia and members of the public. Topics discussed included social inclusion, transportation, housing, social and civic participation, and outdoor spaces and buildings.

Building on the organiser’s close working relationship with government bodies, the evening gathered evidence to influence government thinking and policy development.