Ageing Well: How do we resist inequalities in the ‘new normal’? Shaping the future of ageing care and the care workforce.

The impact of Covid-19 on ageing care is a story of two halves. On the one hand, it has magnified some of the key problems in caring for older people such as underfunded ageing health & social care, ageing inequality and an inadequate ageing care workforce and care resources. On the other, it has accelerated the transition of care into the digital age, pushing remote care practice as well as online education and training. This global reset has created an opening for change that seemed unthinkable a year ago, including the opportunity to shape what caring for older people will look like in an uncertain future. This webinar is co-hosted by the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR)Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing(CIRW)Sussex ESRC IAA, Ageing Well: Changing the Conversation, in partnership with Adult Social Care and Health, East Sussex County Council, the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) and always possible. Speakers discussed four key problems in ageing care: ethnic inequalities in later life, care home practice, community care practice and care education and training and support for paid and unpaid carers. Drawing on examples from the U.K., Finland and elsewhere, the panel will explore how future care can offer something better and more sustainable moving forward. Speakers:
  • Prof. Teppo Kröger – Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Dr Laia Becares – Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Wellbeing at the University of Sussex
  • Philip Blurton – Principal Social Worker for Adult Social Care at East Sussex County Council
  • Dr Henglien Lisa Chen – Deputy Director for Social Work Innovation and Research, University of Sussex

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.