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April 2016

MICRA to be joined by Centre for Ageing Better in Ageing Hub

(1 April 2016)

The University of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) has been joined by Ageing Better as a member of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub.

The purpose of the Ageing Hub is to build the evidence base for transforming attitudes and experiences of later life. The news came as part of an announcement of a five-year partnership between the Centre for Ageing Better and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to develop and share innovative approaches to tackling social, economic and health inequalities in later life.

Professor Chris Phillipson, School of Social Sciences (SoSS) and lead for MICRA’s age-friendly programme of activities, said: ‘The ageing hub represents a major step forward in Greater Manchester, taking a leadership role around the challenge of an ageing population. It represents exciting opportunities for researchers at The University of Manchester to extend their involvement with a range of partners across Greater Manchester. It will also assist the work of the University in supporting the aims and objectives of the devolution agenda.’

The partnership will start by developing and testing new approaches to supporting individuals aged 50 years and over to re-enter the labour market. Employment rates for people living in the North West of England are significantly worse than the English average; in Greater Manchester almost one in three of the region’s 50-64 year olds are out of the labour force. Being out of work in one’s 50s is associated with poor health, financial insecurity and social isolation.

 

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