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5:30 pm

The Opportunities and Challenges of Ageing

September 18 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Birmingham, Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT United Kingdom
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Alison Beachim Alison Beachim, CEO of both Age UK Sandwell and Age UK Birmingham, will be joining the panel for the second  in a series of three discussions on how we deal with the growing and changing opportunities and demands of ageing in our society. The discussion will be of interest to anyone who wants to know about the developing trends, difficulties and opportunities in infrastructure and systems, including social care. The event will be chaired by Jacqui Smith, Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Alison will be joining Karen West, Professor in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol; Maria Brenton, UK Cohousing Network’s Senior Cohousing Ambassador and campaigner, and campaigner and counsellor, Shelagh Robinson. Karen West Leading on from Housing21’s The Changing Face of the Workforce, this event follows the recent Panorama documentary that highlighted the crucial importance of good social care to all of us. Karen West is also a Visiting Professor in Successful Ageing at the University of Örebro. She is interested in the way that policy shapes our understandings of ageing and the ageing experience and has lectured and published widely in these areas, most recently on the potential of cohousing as new concept of living in later life. Maria Brenton Fellow speaker, Maria Brenton, is also a trustee of the UK Cohousing Network Trust. For many years she has worked with the OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing) Group who, at the end of 2016, moved into ‘New Ground’ Cohousing in North London, the UK’s first and only Senior Cohousing Community. Maria is an enthusiastic advocate of this way of living for societies confronting the challenges of ageing. Shelagh Robinson Shelagh Robinson set up a charity to provide shelter for women in crisis in the 1980s. In acknowledgement of her work with the Elizabeth Trust she was awarded the ‘Pro Ecclesia’ Medal by Pope Paul. She has been a counsellor for more than 30 years. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010, when aged 70, her first campaign for the Alzheimer’s Society was a petition to improve post-diagnostic support, which gained more than 50,000 signatures. She has undertaken hundreds of speaking engagements on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society and, as a member of the Three Nations Dementia Steering group, is committed to giving people living with dementia a clear and loud voice.   This event is kindly sponsored by Housing21 and University of Birmingham

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