An ageing expert from The University of Manchester is set to speak at a landmark conference on 16 February, which will bring together a wide range of influential leaders, world-leading academics and community sector innovators to discuss the creation of an age-friendly city-region.
The Greater Manchester Ageing Conference 2017, organised by the Greater Manchester (GM) Ageing Hub, is the first time an ageing conference has been held on a city-region level within Greater Manchester. The Conference will showcase Greater Manchester as an international centre of excellence on ageing and promote best practice in ageing research, policy and practice.
The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub is a collaboration between public, voluntary, community, social enterprise, and academic partners. The Hub works as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, to ensure Greater Manchester’s residents are able to live, work and retire in the city-region, while living as fulfilling lives as possible.
“Too many older people in our communities are left feeling isolated and we know the terrible effect that loneliness can have on mental and physical wellbeing. In Greater Manchester we want to end isolation and become the best place to age in the UK,” said Greater Manchester Mayor, Tony Lloyd. “We will harness all the talents of our city-region to ensure everyone can age with dignity, have a good quality of life and play a full part in society.”
“This conference brings together our Universities, Voluntary and Community Sector, Private Sector and Local Authorities, and will take us one step closer to achieving our vision for an age-friendly Greater Manchester.”
“The Greater Manchester Ageing Conference represents a real opportunity for us to lay the foundations for an age-friendly city-region,” said Steven Pleasant MBE, Chair of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and Chief Executive of Tameside Council. “There are examples of best practice all over the conurbation, with dedicated, enthusiastic practitioners and policy-makers leading some fantastic initiatives. But now we have a platform for all of this work to be brought together to create a holistic, integrated and coordinated approach to ageing for our city region.”
You can find out more about the conference by following @GMAgeingHub and #AgeingConf17 on Twitter.
The Greater Manchester Ageing Conference 2017 will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday 16 February 2017.