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International Older People’s Day Celebration 'Old is the New Young' | Oxford, October 2nd



To celebrate Older People’s Day

October 2nd 2014

Oxford Town Hall, 10-4pm: Free event with stalls, taster sessions and internet café.

The Old Fire Station, 7.30pm: Jenny Éclair performs her one woman show Eclairious


Video: Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later life


A new video released by the AKTIVE research team explores behavioural, design and structural factors affecting the adoption and use of telecare for older frail individuals.

The AKTIVE project (Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later life) investigated the uptake of assisted living technologies (ALTs) by older people and examined how telecare can be developed to improve the life of individuals who are prone to falls or have memory problems. 

How do sex ratios in China influence marriage decisions and intra-household resource allocation?


A new article by Dr Maria Porter on 'Review of Economics of the Household' examines how imbalanced sex ratios influence marriage decisions and household bargaining. Using data from the 1982 Chinese census, the traditional “availability ratio” is modified to reflect the degree to which men tend to marry women from different cohorts.

Book publication: 'International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy' by Harper and Hamblin


The International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy, edited by Sarah Harper and Kate Hamblin explores the challenges arising from the ageing of populations across the globe for government, policy makers, the private sector and civil society. It examines various national state approaches to welfare provisions for older people, and highlights alternatives based around the voluntary and third-party sector, families and private initiatives. 

Latest publications: Teaching and Learning in Ethiopia; Emerging Evidence of Sex Selective Abortion in Nepal


Latest publications from the Collen Programme team include two articles by Dr Melanie Frost on Education in Ethiopia and Sex Selective Abortion in Nepal:

Sarah Harper to relate on 'silver travellers' at ABTA Travel Convention, Lubjiana


Professor Sarah Harper released an interview to Travelweekly on the occasion of her upcoming participation in The Travel Convention, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 21-23.

Harper commented on trends and travel practices among older people and anticipated a reduction in 'silver travellers' due to later retirement and lower pensions.

The Travel Convention is organized by ABTA Travel Association in collaboration with the Telegraph.

The Population Challenge for the 21st Century | Interview and Podcast


Social Science Space, a web platform by SAGE, has published an interview to Sarah Harper on 'The Population Challenge for the 21st Century'. Professor Harper speaks about global population ageing and its impact on relationships, labor, migration, and  the environment. 

> Interview & podcast on Social Science Space 

Institute delegation attends ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan

A delegation from the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing attended the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan from the 13th to the 19th of July.

Dr Jaco Hoffmann presented a paper on Grandparenting in South Africa and also chaired two sessions, namely Family and Elder Care and Older Migrants and Migrant Care Workers. Patricia O'Neill presented a paper Inequality and Emotion Management in Parental Caregiving By Chinese Daughters in the Family and Elder Care session.


Sarah Harper discusses demographic changes in the UK on BBC Radio


Professor Sarah Harper was interviewed by Phil Kennedy on BBC Radio Berkshire [ 23/07/2014, 07:12 ].  
Professor Harper commented on ageing and demographic changes in the UK.

> Listen to BBC Radio, Phil Kennedy 23/07/2014

Qualitative research on older people's use of telecare: methodology and findings from AKTIVE project


Dr Kate Hamblin has presented her recent research project AKTIVE at ScHARR Seminar Series, University of Sheffield, on 17th June 2014. In her lecture on 'Qualitative research on older people's use of telecare', Kate has discussed a longitudinal ethnography-based methodology, called Everyday Life Analysis of Telecare Use, which was devised for the AKTIVE project.