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13 Oct 2021

Upcoming seminar: Living with Loss in the City: Implications for Age Friendly Communities


When: Wednesday 24th November, 2pm – 3:15pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Speaker: Dr Jenna C. Ashton, University of Manchester 


“You just don’t realise how important it is until it’s taken away.”


Losses of urban green spaces (e.g. parks) result in losses of health and wellbeing for older adults in local communities.


This seminar will explore the complexity of loss as perception and lived reality in the city, and its implications for health and civic participation.


Research examples of destruction (or the threat of) to natural and built environments in Manchester raise questions for how change is managed, and how society is cared for at a local and policy level. Issues of grief, memory, connectivity, resilience, culture, and inequalities come to the fore, demanding loss be taken seriously within ageing-related research and practice.


Following Jenna’s presentation, there will be an opportunity discussion and questions. 


For more information on the topic, read the GHIA report ‘Nature and Ageing Well in Towns and Cities: Why the natural environment matters for healthy ageing’.


Dr Jenna C. Ashton is an artist and curator, and Lecturer in Heritage Studies, at the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. She has over 15 years’ experience in community collaboration and co-production.


Click here to book your place.