Ambition for Ageing Seminar: Towards an age friendly transport system

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This is the third and final in the Spring / Summer series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

We know that getting out and about in later life is important to peoples’ health and wellbeing. People who feel trapped and isolated at home are more likely to develop life limiting conditions and some studies even report they can also have a shorter life expectation.

Today, getting out and about usually means needing access to a car and having high levels of mobility just to meet basic needs, stay connected to people and access shops, services and healthcare.

Drawing on his ten years’ of research, Charles will be talking about how a genuine age friendly transport system might be developed. To this end, he will be looking at four key drivers:

  • the needs, desires and motivations affecting older people’s mobility
  • the creation of attractive local neighbourhoods for walking (and cycling) in later life
  • more connected communities and neighbourhoods and ease of travel between them
  • safe, supportive and inclusive age friendly transport strategy, policies and plans moving forward

The session will end with an interactive exercise looking in more detail at exactly what is required to build such a system. Issues and solutions will be identified, as will the main partners and stakeholders needed on board if vision is to become reality.

Dr Charles Musselwhite - biography

Dr Musselwhite is Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University and leads their Groups Environments and Ageing research strand. Additionally, he holds the post of Operational Director at the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) - an initiative to develop and enhance research, policy and practice for older people across Wales.

After gaining his PhD from the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton in 2004, Charles went on to work at Bournemouth University then the University of the West of England prior to joining Swansea. His chief research interests involve ageing, travel and transport, addressing technological, environmental, health and sustainability contexts of transportation and built environment studies.

Charles has advised the UK Parliament on older people’s transport issues and is an executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), where he is editor of their journal, Generations Review. He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Transport & Health and sits on the editorial board for the Ageing and Society journal.

The agenda will be roughly as follows:

  • 13:30 - 14:00 - Refreshments and networking opportunity
  • 14:00 - 15:30 - Seminar and discussion
  • 15:30 - 16:00 - Further networking opportunity

To book your place at this seminar, please follow this link at the top or bottom of this page. If you have any questions or would like to be booked onto the course, please contact Juliette on or 0161 277 1001.

PLEASE NOTE: As these seminars are public events, we are unable to pay travel expenses. 

20th June, 2018 1:30 PM through  4:00 PM
St Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester, M12 6FZ
Phone: 0161 277 1001

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