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Undercover in a nursing home: What constitutes good care?

During the Christmas Holidays, on the advice of one of my colleagues, I watched a fascinating documentary The Mole Agent. In this idiosyncratic mix of spy film and observational documentary, 83-yea...


Automation Taken to Court: A Case for Rising to the Challenge Over Delay

‘Judge, a robot stole my job’ – Spain’s courts heard this year. In one case, an accounting officer named Cecilia had been working for her company in Las Palmas in Gran Canar...


Consider animal therapy for institutionalised elders during the pandemic

One of the most stressful - and distressing - events that can occur in an older person’s life is moving into a long-term care facility. The new resident suffers the loss of a home, personal p...


Climate change and environmental crisis: twin challenges in an ageing world

While the urgency of the response to Covid-19 has throughout this year relegated other global emergencies, there are reminders that they have not gone away.  A recent New Scientist article for...


Navigating the Anthropocene – lecture by Professor Ruth DeFries

I recently attended a lecture by Professor Ruth DeFries, who is professor of ecology and sustainable development at Columbia University. The lecture has been recorded by the Oxford organisers, and ...


Five Innovative Trends in Ageing

For the past three years, I've had the privilege of attending The Longevity Forum's annual conference in November. The event brings together leading figures from the academic, investme...


On old age and the stories where sorrows are born(e)

The two pieces we are publishing today are summaries of papers from a seminar Old age: views from philosophy and social science last Thursday (12/11/20). Ashley Moyse, Faculty of ...


Social media, knowledge translation, and gerontological research

Social media platforms have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives with inroads into sports, politics, and increasingly, research. With humble beginnings as software developed with the intent ...


Investing in B2B products and services for the ageing workforces

More and more companies are coming to realise the importance of attracting, supporting and sustaining an ageing workforce. It’s easier to ‘sell’ this this kind of approach to work...


The rights of all older people need protecting

COVID-19 has exposed the harsh reality of ageism, age discrimination and human rights abuses that many older people face across the globe. While there are differing views on how best to protect our...


Enabling social contacts during Covid-19

It has been now seven months that Covid-19 not only entered Europe but also forced much of the elderly and vulnerable population indoors. Whilst initially the expectation was that this would be sho...


Covid is not an inter-generational conflict

As the early days of 2020 passed with most of us hoping for the first signs of spring to drive away the greyness of a long winter, infections from a mysterious virus rose shockingly. The infections...


‘Greying’ the UK Integrated Review of Foreign, Military and Aid Policy

This summer many in Whitehall who may need a holiday will be hard at work: The government’s major ‘Integrated Review’  of foreign, military, trade and aid policy is late than...


What lessons have we learnt to help mitigate a second wave of COVID-19?

As we went into lockdown in March 2020 we were very much in the dark as to the behaviour of the virus and how it would affect different parts of our population. Today, as we consider action in the ...


Some thoughts on modelling Covid-19 infection spread in care homes

The high death toll in care homes during the peak of the epidemic attracted a lot of media coverage as well as speculation about how and why this happened, including the possible contribution of pa...