Ageing Without Children Seminar 4th June 2013

Ageing without children seminar

Date: Tuesday June 4th, 2013

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Room CM0.012, Moser Building, Keele University, ST5 5BG

This research seminar will explore the diverse contexts and circumstances in which people age without children and some of the key benefits and constraints that childless older people may have in relation to their experience of ageing.  We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Avril Osborn Award, British Society of Gerontology who funded this study. Details of the speakers are given on the following page.

For further information or to register: Dr. M. G. Ray

Research Team and Guest Speakers:

Research Team:

Dr. Mo Ray, Keele University

Mo is a social worker who practised as a social worker and manager in older persons and adult community care teams for 15 years.  Mo obtained a PhD in Gerontology at the University of Keele and is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at the University of Keele.  She is a member of the Centre for Social Gerontology at Keele.  Her research interests include:  family relationships in older age; social relationships; improving care cultures in care home settings; social work with older people.  Mo is a Social Care Fellow at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and a member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee.

Sheila Hayward, Counsellor

Sheila is a Registered Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and is a retired university counsellor and trainer.  She has also worked as a staff counsellor in the NHS, and was formerly a teacher and Head of History at a comprehensive school in Staffordshire.  Sheila obtained her degrees at the University of Keele, with an M.A. in Counselling which explored aspects of short-term humanistic therapy.  She has a particular interest in qualitative research, and in the historical aspects of ageing.

Dr. Mary Pat Sullivan, Brunel University

Mary Pat is a social worker who practised in Canada in geriatric mental health and geriatric medicine for 15 years.  She later obtained a PhD in Gerontology from King’s College London. Mary Pat is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care and a member of the Brunel Institute of Ageing Studies.  Her research interests include social environments and family structures in older age, dementia and family care, professional interactions with older people and elder abuse.  Mary Pat is also Honorary Secretary Elect for the British Society of Gerontology.

Tony Bunce, Brunel Older People’s Reference Group

During his early school days, Tony was struck down with tuberculosis, but eventually managed a technical college education and subsequently serving an apprenticeship as a tool and instrument maker.  As a result of his many hospital appointments while unwell, he became interested in x-ray work.  While in the Services, Tony trained as a radiographer and radiotherapist and later worked for the National Health Service until his retirement.  Tony now works part-time at the Institute of Bioengineering at Brunel University as a workshop technician assisting with a range of biomedical research.

Guest Speakers:

Robin Hadley, PhD student, Keele University (Keele University seminar only)

Rob is 3rd year PhD candidate in the Centre for Social Gerontology at Keele University, UK.
His present study concerns the life experiences of involuntarily childless older men. His research on the effect of involuntarily childlessness on men has recently been widely reported in the media.

Jody Day, Gateway Women (Brunel University Seminar only)

Jody is a writer and the Founder of Gateway Women, a website and network she set up in 2011 which supports, inspires and empowers childless by circumstance women. She is the author of ‘Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12-Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Life Without Children’ (due May 2013). A wide-ranging career in the communications sector including PR, marketing, design, branding and public affairs, plus her own involuntary childlessness, prepared Jody to become the spokeswomen for this misunderstood and marginalised group of women. Gateway Women has been featured in The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, The Irish Independent, The Sunday Times (Irish edition), The Irish Times and Woman’s Own and is regularly recommended in blogs and online resources worldwide as one of the top sites in the world for childless by circumstance women.

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