SSHM Seminar Nov 18th with Professor Anthea Tinker: “How Age-Friendly is London? A review of Changing Policies and Practices”

We are delighted to announce out upcoming SSHM Seminar Series event on Wednesday November 18th.

Professor Anthea Tinker (Institute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London) will talk about her work on “How Age-Friendly is London? A review of Changing Policies and Practices that Influence the Wellbeing of Older Londoners”

The Seminar will place on Wednesday 18th November from 12:00-13:30 (please note that the time as it is earlier than our usual seminars!) in Room S-1.04 (Strand Building), Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Abstract: Since the World Health Organisation’s report on Age Friendly Cities in 2007 interest has grown in initiatives across the world.  The objective of this research was to update the research undertaken for the WHO by Simon Biggs and Anthea Tinker on how Age Friendly London was in 2005 and to consider other initiatives to enable the Greater London Authority to improve policies. The results of this study will be presented together with some of the problems in undertaking this research.  It covers policy areas of housing, the outdoor built environment, transport, opportunities for social participation and active contributions to society, employment and incomes, health and community services and provisions for communication and information and infrastructure. Some international findings are also given together with a case study of the involvement of older people in the LB Hackney.

Professor Anthea Tinker, CBE, PhD, FKC, AcSS, FRSA. Anthea Tinker has been Professor of Social Gerontology at King’s College London since 1988.   She has been on the staff of three Universities and three Government Departments and has been a Consultant to the WHO, EU and OECD. She chaired the College Research Ethics Committee from 2001 – 2011. She is the sole author of eleven books and co-author of twenty one.  She has also written over 300 articles.  She has carried out research (most of it multidisciplinary) on housing, assistive technology, family care, older workers, community care, older women, very old people, elder abuse, age friendly cities, grandparents, long term care, ethics, falls and accidents.  She teaches Social Policy in the Institute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, KCL. She was awarded the CBE in 2000 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Housing for Older People, elected a Founding Member of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 1999, a Fellow of King’s College London in 1998 and was President of the Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Royal Society of Medicine 1998-2000.  She was awarded the title of Fellow of the British Society of Gerontology in 2008.  She was one of the Women of the Year in 2002. In 2010 she was awarded the Alan Walker prize by the British Society of Gerontology for her significant and lasting contribution to Social Gerontology.

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