Claim that older people’s views ignored

    The needs, interests and opinions of older people on the physical
    and social regeneration of cities are being ignored, professor of
    social gerontology at Keele University Chris Phillipson warned last
    week.

    He said older people were a “lost generation” in the urban
    regeneration debate, and that the fact they were being ignored by
    policy makers was a “pernicious form of ageism”.

    “Is the urban regeneration of our cities good for older people? If
    you look at many of the reports coming out on the issue, older
    people are barely mentioned,”he said.

    “If you ask older people about their communities they are often
    very committed to them but don’t like lots of things about them. We
    need to use older people’s knowledge because they have lived there
    for many years.”

    Phillipson has produced research for the Economic and Social
    Research Council showing that 60 per cent of older people living in
    parts of London, Liverpool and Manchester feel isolated in their
    communities. 

    – Research from www.shef.ac.uk/uni/projects/gop/Go_Findings_19.pdf

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