MICRA Phd Network hold a successful Age-Friendly poster session
7 June 2017
Last week, the MICRA PhD Network hosted an event on research with older people, which included an age-friendly poster session. There was a great turnout, with many PhD students as well as older people from the MICRA network in attendance.
The meeting included an introduction by MICRA Director Prof Debora Price and an academic presentation by Dr Tine Buffel on the Researching Age-Friendly Community project, an innovative study she conducted in three neighbourhoods of Manchester. The study was identified by the World Health Organization as a best practice example of involving older people as co-investigators in researching and developing age-friendly communities. One of the co-investigators, Elaine Unegbu, was also present to offer her first-hand experience of working on the project. She offered some great advice to researchers who want to engage older people in their research.
After this, attendees were invited to browse the ‘age-friendly’ posters that had been submitted by members of the network. The session generated much discussion with lots of very interesting feedback for the PhD students. Attendees were asked to vote for the most ‘age-friendly’ poster, and three winners were announced:
- 1st place – Laura McGowan, ‘The Acceptability of Reducing Sedentary Behaviour to Older Adults: A Qualitative Study’
- 2nd place – Declan Ryan, ‘Replacing Sitting to Improve Cardio-Metabolic Health in Older Adults’
- 3rd place – Gemma Stringer, ‘Tech-no or tech-yes? Insights from older adults on digital monitoring of physical and cognitive health’
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all the attendees for making it such an interesting event.