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Ageing + social eating: developing age-friendly communities through eating with others

Event Type: One Day Event
Location: G306B, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL
Dates: 28 April 2017
Conference Website: http://www.micra.manchester.ac.uk/
Contact Email: micra@manchester.ac.uk
Contact Phone: 0161-275-1298

Seminar 2-4 pm, free networking lunch from 1pm

Social eating or commensality has been associated with range of health and social benefits for older adults in the UK and globally. There is limited information on why older adults choose or decide not to eat with others and what social eating means for them. Also, while there are a wide number of social eating opportunities across Manchester for older adults, little is known about why they may attract people to attend and join in.

This afternoon of short talks academics and practitioners working with older adults in communities will consider the findings of recent MICRA Seedcorn research exploring social eating with older adults across neighbourhoods in Manchester, and work by researchers that connects with this work. We will also hear form an experienced practitioner about her work with older adults setting up and supporting community-based activities that include eating opportunities.


Chair: Dr Jenny Fisher, Senior Lecturer in Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Laura Brown, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Manchester and Dr Zinnia Mitchell-Smith, Manchester Metropolitan University - Older adult’s experiences of social eating in Manchester: getting there, coming back and perceptions of benefits of social eating’

Ema Johnson, PhD student, University of Manchester - Eating experiences in later life

Dr Kingsley Purdam, Senior Lecturer in Social Statistics, University of Manchester

Tracy Annette, Age-Friendly Manchester - Supporting older adults to meet and eat

Please register online for this free event