Living with Loss in the City: Implications for Age Friendly Communities (An Ambition for Ageing seminar)

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Dr Jenna C. Ashton will explore the complexity of loss and its implications for health and civic participation in relation to green spaces.

“You just don’t realise how important it is until it’s taken away.”

Losses of urban green spaces (e.g. parks) result in losses of health and wellbeing for older adults in local communities.

This seminar, Dr Jenna C. Ashton, University of Manchester, will explore the complexity of loss as perception and lived reality in the city, and its implications for health and civic participation.

Research examples of destruction (or the threat of) to natural and built environments in Manchester raise questions for how change is managed, and how society is cared for at a local and policy level. Issues of grief, memory, connectivity, resilience, culture, and inequalities come to the fore, demanding loss be taken seriously within ageing-related research and practice.

Following Jenna’s presentation, there will be an opportunity for discussion and questions. 

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Dr Jenna C. Ashton is an artist and curator, and Lecturer in Heritage Studies, at the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. She has over 15 years’ experience in community collaboration and co-production.


24th November, 2021 2:00 PM through  3:15 PM

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