O'r hafod i'r hendre: The ups and downs of rural ageing

Tue 1st Oct 2019

The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public to exchange and share experiences of challenges and solutions to growing older in rural areas. We will present some of our latest research and delegates will have the opportunity to shape the direction of our future research (2020-2025) in light of practical needs and prospective cooperation and collaboration to address the health and social care needs of older people living in rural areas of Wales.

Every person […] should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. […] Healthy Ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. (World Health Organisation, 2019)[1] 

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'O'r hafod i'r hendre' is the old Welsh rural farming custom of moving from a summer, upland pasture (hafod) to the winter homestead (hendre - but literally, 'old town'). The title reflects the conference focus on identifying challenges and solutions to ageing in rural Wales touching upon mobility, home, seasonal challenge/fuel poverty and the geographies of rural Wales. The title was selected by Aelwyn Williams a PhD student in the Centre for Innovative Ageing

Agenda (tbc)

09.30 - Arrival and Registration

10.00 – The Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research - Associate Professor Charles Musselwhite & Professor Andrea Tales, CADR Co-Directors, Swansea University

10.15 - Rural Health Collaborative - Anna Prytherch, Rural Health and Care Wales

10.30- Growing older with a dementia in rural Wales - Professor Gill Windle, CADR Associate Director, Bangor University

10.45 - Public Involvement and Engagement Activities of a rural community in India - Carol Maddock, CADR Research Assistant, Swansea University

11.00- Light refreshment break

11.15- Workshops

  1. a) Ageism & Discrimination
  2. b) Recruiting people to studies
  3. c) Transport
  4. d) Fuel Poverty

12.25- Photographic archive of the Raissa Page Collection - David Johnston-Smith, Richard Burton Archive at Swansea University

12.40- "In it together" – Connecting people living with dementia in rural Wales Anna Story & Dr Catrin Hedd Jones, CADR Bangor University

12.55 - What matters most to you - Q&A session chaired by Beti George,Broadcaster and Dementia Advocate

13.15 - Lunch & Networking

14.15 - End


To register please click here



[1]Ageing and Life Course: https://www.who.int/ageing/healthy-ageing/en/

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