Boardroom, College building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
The implications of a fast-growing global aging population require us to look more positively at the implications of increasing life expectancy. Identifying the potential for wellbeing across this significant life course era demands innovative thinking, creative solutions and inclusive approaches to the reshaping of community services. However the evidence suggests that this is by no means inclusive for all older people. This lecture highlights how social work and social care might position itself in these debates and draws on examples from my own work to examine particular opportunities and challenges for improving the quality of support for older people from marginalised communities.
Trish Hafford-Letchfield joined Middlesex in 2008 following a long career in statutory social work. She has also held several Third Sector roles as chair of Age UK Greenwich; as coach mentor for managers in older people’s organisations; as Trustee for Ageing and Education 2009-2014 and co-founder and co-chair of the Social Work and Sexuality, International Community of Practice (2004-2016).
Her doctoral studies examined the lifelong learning of older people using social care, which aimed to bring together educational gerontology with social policy and social care. She has authored, co-authored and edited 13 textbooks in leadership, management, sexuality, equalities, ethics and inter-professional practice and educational gerontology. She is also an active researcher on professional education, adult social care and LGBT issues in social work and social care where she has published extensively.
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