Irish Centre for Social Gerontology Newsletter


                                                                                                                                                       No. 1, 2022

Launch of Briefing Report Services on Critical Life Transitions and Social Exclusion

We are delighted to announce the launch of the PLACED-Lives Briefing Report Series on social exclusion and critical transitions in later life. Focusing on dementia onset, bereavement and forced migration, this three report series explores the links between major, and often life-changing, events in older people’s lives and multifaceted forms of disadvantage.
Contributing to a research topic that remains underdeveloped, each report presents the lived experiences of older people, and describes the challenges for inclusion across key areas of life and participation. Recommendations for policy and practice are presented in each report. To read the reports, please click here. 

ICSG Deputy Director Awarded LIVES - Fellowship

ICSG's Deputy Director, Dr. Áine Ní Léime has been awarded a 1-year research fellowship from the LIVES research initiative of the Swiss Centre of Expertise on Life Course Research. During this period, Áine will be leading a work programme in conjunction with Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre, LIVES Institute, Lausanne and Professor Wendy Loretto, University of Edinburgh Business School analysing cross-national and inter- occupational qualitative data from the DAISIE project on the gendered implications of extended working life polices for the work experiences and retirement decision-making of individual workers in five European countries. It will also analyse the perspectives of trade unions and employer organisations in the health, transport and financial sectors.

ICSG awarded IRC funding to Investigate Virtual Engagement and Exclusion for Older Adult Groups.

ICSG’s, Kieran Walsh, and Carl Vogel (Trinity College Dublin) have been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council’s COALESCE scheme to examine the potential of everyday communication devices to support the development and re-purposing of retirement groups for: social connectivity; information communication; and advocacy in virtual environments.Entitled Virtual-EngAge, this 2-year programme is in collaboration with Active Retirement Ireland. It addresses the related challenges of older people’s digital exclusion and limited participation opportunities, which have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To read more about Virtual-EngAge, which draws on social gerontology and computational science approaches, please click here

New Research Programme on Service Involvement and Lived Experience

ICSG have been commissioned to investigate the different views, barriers and enablers that inform the involvement of potentially excluded populations in the design and delivery of health, social care and mental health services.
Conducted in collaboration with the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) National Social Inclusion Office, the National Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office, and the Genio Trust, this 24-month programme of work will focus on the experiences and views of: those who have experienced homelessness; members of the Traveller community; those from a migrant; ethnic minority or Roma background; those who use drugs and alcohol; and those who use mental health services. Click here for more information on this study.

Patricia Conboy Appointed as ICSG Adjunct Lecturer

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Patricia Conboy as adjunct lecturer with the ICSG. Previously Interim Director of Global Ageing, Advocacy, and Campaigns at HelpAge International (London), Patricia has extensive professional experience in international and national policy on ageing and older people.
In her role with the ICSG, Patricia will advise on strategic areas of research development with a view to informing policy change in the area of ageing, human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Patricia is also a key contributor to ICSG’s MSc in Ageing and Public Policy. Click here to read Patricia’s full biography and interests. 

Launch of Infographics on Positive Health and Ageing and Homecare Preferences for Marginalised Groups

In December, we launched an infographic series on the Older Traveller and Older Adult Homeless (OTOH) study. Comprising three infographic briefs, the series focuses on: 1) the meaning of positive health and ageing; 2) life-course and structural determinants of positive health and ageing; and 3) home care preferences for these populations.
This series is based on a set of briefing reports released in spring of 2021 (please see here), and aims to highlight key messages that can be used by members of these two communities, and their representative organisations to effect policy and practice change.
Click here to download these infographics.

ICSG Submission to Review of Equality Acts

In December, ICSG made a submission to the consultation on the review of the Equality Acts (Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015), launched by the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Mr. Roderic O’Gorman.
Led by Patricia Conboy, the ICSG submission made recommendations regarding: combatting ageism and age discrimination; building awareness of equality and rights among older people; addressing the impact of exemptions on older people; removing systemic barriers to equality; supporting equality with information, data and statistics.
Please click here to read the full submission.

MSc in Ageing and Public Policy Welcomes New Applicants

We are now accepting applications from prospective students for the MSc in Ageing and Public Policy for the new academic year in 2022/2023. Driven by a commitment to research-informed interdisciplinary education, the MSc examines demographic ageing from a public policy perspective, critically assessing existing approaches and future directions to secure an effective and fair means of engaging older people in ageing societies. The MSc is the first programme of its kind in Ireland, and one of the first internationally.

The programme also facilities placements and blended learning. For further information on the programme, please click here.

New Publications on COVID-19, Place and Inequality

Alison Herbert examined the latent benefits of paid work for mid-life women in rural Ireland as a means to expanding our understanding of employment and gendered rural ageing. Click here to read this open access journal in Ageing & Society.

Áine Ní Léime and Maggie O’Neil investigated the relationship between older nurses’ experiences of COVID-19 and their working conditions and retirement timing intentions. Click here to access the open access article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Led by Bernard McDonald, we critically examined the utilisation of the WHO age-friendly planning framework in the context of Ireland, through older adults’ experiences of living in a county implementing an age-friendly programme. Click here to access the open access article in Ageing & Society
Led by Marja Aartsen from OsloMet University, and with colleagues from the GENPATHS cross-national project, we contributed to the development of a heuristic model on exclusion from social relations in later life and the role of gender. Click here to access the article in Gender Studies. 
Led by Stefan Hopf, we investigated the relationship between ageism and well-being as mediated through COVID-19-related experiences and discourses. Click here to access the open access article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

About the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology - ICSG

Directed by Prof. Kieran Walsh, the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary research centre on ageing, and a constituent centre of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, at NUI Galway.
With a view to informing a holistic understanding of later life in public policy, the mission of the ICSG is to conduct research on ageing and the life course that responds to gaps in scientific knowledge, policy and practice, while promoting the diversity of ageing experiences.
The work of the ICSG is particularly focused on supporting the voice of marginalised groups of the older population, and integrating these perspectives into research and public policy design and development.
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