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August 2015

Tine Buffel presents to the United Nations

(29 July 2015)

Dr Tine Buffel, from the Manchester Institute of Collaborative Research on Aging (MICRA), presented at the United Nations (UN) last month. Tine, joined a panel in New York to discuss MICRA’s ground-breaking work into improving the lives of older people.

Tine was invited to the UN because of the Institute’s unique project in which older residents, aged between 58 and 74-years-old, were trained as co-researchers to work alongside sociologists exploring the ‘age-friendliness’ of cities.

Dr Buffel, a research fellow at MICRA which sits within the School of Social Sciences, said: “The age-friendly approach is increasingly recognised as a model which promotes the right to a good old age. This is a fantastic opportunity to present Manchester’s innovative research and practice across the city council, the University and local communities to a global audience. Our experience is that training older people as co-researchers is effective in gaining a deeper understanding of the issues that older people themselves view as important. We want older people to feel that the city belongs to them as much as anyone else – and we believe the age-friendly approach is effective in doing this and can be replicated across neighbourhoods.”

Manchester became the first UK city to be recognised as ‘age-friendly’ by the World Health Organisation in 2010. The University of Manchester researchers predict that in 15 years’ time, a quarter of the world’s population living in cities will be over 60.