Professor Judith Sixsmith was an invited speaker in the British Psychological Society Seminar Series, “Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Psychologies of Ageing” held in February 2016. This was the third research seminar in the “Ageing in Place: Independence and Communities” series.
Judith presented her research work on “Place-Making With Older People: Building Partnerships to Achieve Meaningful Affordable Housing”, focussing particularly on the challenge of integrating place based supports and resources, and the way in which partnership building with older people is a necessary component in the design of age-friendly places. This research work is being conducted in collaboration with partners (M-L Fang; R Woolrych; S Canham; L Battersby and A Sixsmith) at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
The event was organised and chaired by Prof Michael Murray of Keele University, and was well attended by a range of academics and professionals in the domains of psychology, sociology health, social care and housing. Presentations on independence and community living were also made by Guy Robertson of Positive Ageing Associates who talked about psychological approaches to ageing positively; Charles Musselwhite of Swansea University on auto-mobility, community connections and independence in later life, and Paul McGarry of Manchester City Council on building an age-friendly city.