Ageing well: what should be at the centre of care, the person or the relationship?

Much is made of delivering person centred care, but in looking too closely at the individual there is a chance we are devaluing social connection. Refocusing on the relationships between the older person and the people who care for them encourages us to the differently about the active role older people can play in this dynamic. This webinar explored whether focusing on quality relationships can improve outcomes for older people. We examined the difference between the two approaches and how thinking differently could impact the care and support that is delivered. Speakers:
  • Dr Henglien Chen – Deputy Director for Social Work Innovation and Research, University of Sussex
  • Charlotte Evans – Story Chaplain
  • Brendan Commane – Volunteer Befriender, Time To Talk
  • Pati Bielak-Smith – NVC Trainer


This project is funded by the University of Sussex and the Economic and Social Research Council to help translate academic knowledge into action. The activity is facilitated by always possible, a unique consultancy looking at 21st century problem-solving through connected conversation.

The Ageing Well project brings together a host of activities, research and content and as part of this we have set up a community content hub via a peer networking platform called The Possibility Club.

Sign up to the Ageing Well: Changing the Conversation ‘circle’ to join a community of people and organisations interested in discussing, debating and disrupting how we ‘age well’. It’s a place to share ideas, build collaboration and move towards changing the conversation around how we age.

These free online discussions give you permission to disrupt the way we think about – and do – ageing well.

Bringing together cutting-edge research, business innovation, grassroots practice in the community and individual lived experience – we’re pooling our knowledge to see what the future might look like.

If you are open to sharing ideas and building collaborations about living old and living well, digital lives, health, wellbeing and generational learning – then we’d love you to join a new community of thought.

Visit Ageing Well: Changing the Conversation to view the circle and get involved.

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