Are Rural Areas A Good Place to Grow Old? An exploration of Social Inclusion/Exclusion over the Life Course of Older People in Rural Areas of Wales.

Wed 25th Apr 2018

12.00 noon -2.00 pm (Refreshments on arrival). Room 016 Haldane Building

Presented by

Dr. Bethan Winter, Researcher, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University

Mr. Alun Lewis & Mr. Ioan Richard – local residents & representatives, Mawr Ward, Swansea.

Wales, the UK and Europe are facing many challenges relating to demographic changes and economic conditions. Over the last century, rural areas have undergone significant changes including transformations in the local economy, rural decline, changes in family structure and community relationships, higher levels of deprivation and increasing levels of in-out migration. These changes have impacted upon older people’s experience of living in rural areas.

This seminar will explore these changes by presenting the findings of a study which focussed upon the causes, experience and impact of social inclusion/exclusion over the life course of older people living in rural areas in Wales in relation to six key areas: social relations, material resources, civic engagement, services, activities and culture.

In addition to a presentation by the author of the report we are extremely grateful and pleased to be joined by local people from rural areas involved in the study, who will be speaking about their own personal experiences of living in rural areas.

Taking a life history approach, and looking at individuals’ lived experiences, enables us to draw together original evidence about how social inclusion/exclusion in later life is influenced by a complex mix of earlier individual life events, local environmental factors and the impact of changes in society at large. The presentations will provide new evidence about the diverse ways in which older people experience social inclusion/exclusion both within and between different rural areas.

If you are interested in attending please contact cadr@swansea.ac.uk or call (01792) 295099 or via the CADR Cymru website. A full programme is on the website.


for presentation slides please click here


*WE REGRET THAT ONLY DISABLED VISITORS ARE ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS and there is only limited parking close to the University.


Recreation Ground Car Park, Mumbles Road:  There is usually space available for visitors in the Recreation Ground Car Park on Mumbles Road which is directly adjacent to the Swansea University campus (see below for directions).  The parking fee is approximately £2.50 for the day. The postcode is SA2 8PP and here are some more detailed directions: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/the-university/location/directions/     The Haldane Building is no 16 on the Singleton Campus map from this link


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