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The case for a new field of ageing studies combining scholarship with activism

In October 2020 I had the honor to participate in an online Oxford debate alongside Ken Bluestone from Age International on the topic: ‘Age Discrimination: do we need a Human Rights Charter f...


The rhetoric of burden and boomer

There is something decidedly discriminatory when a certain group of a population is referred to as a burden, with the implicit understanding that the rest of the unburdensome population has to bear...


The COVID-19 Pandemic and Older Adults: Institutionalised Ageism or Pragmatic Policy?

This article first appeared in the December issue of the Journal of Population Ageing. The Covid pandemic has produced a plethora of editorials and commentaries by professional bodies ...


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...