Beyond Older Age: Approaches to Understand the Diverse Lives of Older People

'Beyond Older Age: Approaches to Understand the Diverse Lives of Older People' aims to help researchers and policymakers to make Greater Manchester a more ‘age-friendly’ region by providing a better understanding of the lives and experiences of older people. It details how policymakers and academics can use a more creative, participatory approach when working with older people, and introduces a selection of methods that might be used.

The booklet argues that such an approach can be used to better represent older people’s lives in policy and research - something pivotal to the creation of age-friendly cities - as well as creating a living archive of everyday life that is of significance to policy and interested residents.

The project responds to calls from the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub about the need for new, innovative methods with regards to co-production. By showcasing how older age is experienced differently, the project responds to research and campaigns which have identified that representations of older age often fall back on medicalised, stereotypical accounts of what constitutes older lives.

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More Information

  • An online version of the booklet and a short animation video can be found here.
  • The animation can also be found here.
  • The UoM Press Release can be found here.
  • GMCA Press Release can be found here.


Dr Amy Barron