There is an implicit assumption in much discussion about COVID-19 that people will have co-resident family members to look after them, to recognise that they are ill, to keep them hydrated, to help them if they are unable to get back to bed after going to the toilet, to try to encourage some nutrition or to call an ambulance. This should include using both old and new communication technologies, ranging from radio and TV to the internet and digital devices, to facilitate social connections between people of all ages. Aims & Objectives: This field has grown considerably over the last 10-15 years and it is vital that all those who are working and interested in this domain share their experiences, knowledge, skills with one another. Publishes research on geriatric medicine and gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioural sciences, as well as for students and practitioners in … To achieve this goal requires a clear focus on evidence-based practice, using high quality research. Co-resident family members can also advocate for hospitalisation or hospital care if needed. With a simple message to older people who live alone that they must cut themselves off from others, we are also conveying the message that we expect them to become ill without care and even die. Families will do this for the loved ones they live with, and those they do not live with. The COVID-19 response emphasises more strongly than ever before the need for co-ordinated ageing policy that cuts across government departments. A key message from research on social aspects of ageing is that policy and practice should be attuned to the diversity of older people in countries like the UK. All clinical decisions for access to testing and treatment as they unfold should be made on clinical need; using age alone as a criterion for decision making is fundamentally wrong. Hannah.Marston@open.ac.uk 2Senior Research Fellow, Centre …, On October 4th, in Covid-19 time, typical showers were falling in London but under atypical conditions, a handful of elite …, by Dr Hayley James, Prof Debora Price and Dr Tine Buffel How people save for later life has become a …, It’s not easy to do full justice to Jane Hopkins’ formidable survey of public conveniences in the Royal Borough of …, Final Report for British Society of Gerontology Averil Osborn Award for Participatory Research Dr Holly Gwyther*1, Mrs Sue Crump2, Mrs …, Reflections come from Creative Ageing SIG Steering Committee Member – Cathy Bailey, Associate Professor (Northumbria University). Ageism – the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age – has detrimental consequences for societies and individuals. We urge the Government to ensure rapid COVID-19 testing for our front-line health and social care workforce and the wide range of individuals and organisations who are leading the response to the pandemic. The British Society of Gerontology provides a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and other individuals interested in the situations of older people, and in how knowledge about ageing and later life can be enhanced and improved. Women disadvantaged according to SEP and ethnicity were less able to mitigate the damaging effects of increases to the women’s state pension (Holman et al. The Ageing of British Gerontolog y is a two-year (2015-17) Leverhulme-funded project with the aim of critically examining the ways in which gerontological knowledge has developed and changed over the past 40 years. British Society For Research on Ageing. Substance Use and Ageing This is a cross-disciplinary, international community of researchers, practitioners and experts by experience in later life substance use. This poses dangers for people below as well as above the age threshold. Each set of concepts has much to gain by synthesising the other; the opportunities for mutual enrichment are substantial. Exercise, personal mobility and human contact are key to healthy ageing and need to be promoted long beyond the current pandemic. Policy analysis of how policies discriminate based on both single and multiple axes of inequality at a time e.g. The core of our argument can be distilled into the following claim: the life course perspective needs to acknowledge the way in which axes of inequality – both at the level of population subgroups and systems of social discrimination – overlap and interact with each other; intersectionality needs to acknowledge the dynamic, reciprocal and temporal nature of social categories and attendant discrimination. ageism in one policy and sexism in another.Policy contexts can be used to interpret individual outcomes or directly linked to micro data; cross-national panel data can be used for comparative research.Bécares and Zhang (2018) found that accumulated interpersonal discrimination has a negative impact on the mental health of older ethnic minority women.Dressel and Barnhill (1994) found that for African American grandmothers age was not seen as a key social identity given lifelong poverty, racism and sexism. Please note that, by clicking subscribe, you are opting in to receive BSG Mail updates. Ageism, COVID-19, Discrimination. We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites. Online food and other deliveries, which feature as a key policy response to coronavirus, are not an option for a large number of people, do not apply at all in many rural areas, and are already difficult to obtain as companies struggle to meet surging demand. Almost one in five people in their 60s have two or more of these conditions. If blanket measures are taken to quarantine older people when others in the population are not quarantined, this places additional burdens on families, communities and businesses, and causes harm to those individuals. We need to have a much more nuanced and evolving discussion of this particular challenge. We should be thinking of this period as an opportunity to bring people and generations together, especially by helping to bridge digital divides across society where these exist. Ageing & Society - The Journal. This is a statement from the President and Members of the National Executive Committee made on 20 March 2020 in relation to the unfolding political, policy and media rhetoric and government policy concerning age divisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wider testing is also essential to provide access to robust data that can be used for research and modelling to assist us now in responding to and containing the virus, and in preparing better for future pandemics. We close by declaring our strong support and admiration for clinicians making hard decisions, including, in due course, potentially about rationing life-saving resources. Quarantining the more than 8.5 million people over 70 years of age will deprive society of many people who are productive and active and who can be a key part of the solution by supporting the economy, families and communities. This is a space for debate and discussion by the many academics, professionals and people with an interest in ageing issues that form the membership of the BSG. Overwhelmingly, family members will provide hands-on care for one another. People of all ages, when staying at home or trying to distance themselves physically from others, remain members of families, friendship networks and communities. There is an urgent need for clear policies aimed at supporting people who live alone of all ages. BSG Statements on COVID-19. This is a space for debate and discussion by the many academics, professionals and people with an interest in ageing issues that form the membership of the BSG. Some countries have constructed and converted isolation centres to enable people with coronavirus to move to a place where they can be cared for appropriately, thus isolating them from families and friends but also offering access to care. Ageism, sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination and their interconnections (the ‘matrix of domination’) vary by historical time and spatial context. It draws contributions and has readers from many disciplines including gerontology, sociology, demography, psychology, economics, medicine, social policy and … COVID-19 is bringing into stark vision the impact of many years of politically motivated austerity policies that have substantially eroded health and social care services and community and voluntary sector support. It may be correct that age itself on average is presenting a risk for coronavirus even without other health conditions. We also know that people can be lonely or socially isolated even when living with others. Dr Bernadette Bartlam, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Keele University, Covid-19: Statement from the President and Members of the National Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology, downloaded from the British Society of Gerontology website, a new paper we have published in the European Journal of Ageing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwqnC1fy_zc, Personal, local, global: World Toilet Day concerns us all, Chronological Quarantine: Evidence-Based Ageism & Ageist Evidence, Lockdown 2.0: Gunpowder Plot, Digital Christmas, Sex and Relationships, Your future may be brighter than you think…. Tel: +44 (0)20 7608 1369. Each of us have multiple characteristics – a gender, an age, an ethnicity, a socioeconomic position, and so on – which together shape (though of course do not determine) who we are and our position in society. Editorial board. British Society of Gerontology, ‘Ageing in an Unequal World: Shaping Environments for the 21st Century’ ... covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. While this is an issue that disproportionately affects people aged 75 and over, especially older women, it affects all age groups and generations. Researching Social Gerontology has been specially commissioned by the British Society for Gerontology to outline current thinking in conceptual and methodological development, and the context in which gerontological research is being carried out. Share: Subscribe to get the latest news & research updates from BSG Subscribe. People who feel fit, strong and healthy will feel that the message does not apply to them and will characterise themselves as belonging to a group apart. This is a statement from the President and Members of the National Executive Committee made on 20 March 2020 in relation to the unfolding political, policy and media rhetoric and government policy concerning age divisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflections on the BSG2020 Creative Ageing SIG symposium, COVID-19 vs Social Isolation: the Impact Technology can have on Communities, Social Connections and Citizens. Examine how people navigate role transitions and intersectional patterning in this.Analyse ethnicity by gender outcomes depending on time spent in certain SEPs (duration) at what age (timing/critical periods), how the order of SEP statuses might influence health (sequential effects), or how certain SEP transitions might constitute a big life change (turning points).High prestige careers are mainly only accessible for Black men if they are in stable relationships with a maximum of one child (Aisenbrey and Fasang, 2018)Retirement might have little meaning among low income African Americans (Dressel et al., 1997). BSG Reports and Submissions. As well as preparing policies for living through this pandemic, we need to think about death, and the potential for death rates not witnessed for generations in the UK. People are affected by multiple forms of discrimination over the life cycle and according to historical time and spatial context. Please refer to. ageism and stereotypes of older men vs. women.The transformation from ‘worn out’ older workers of the early twentieth century to the ‘productive ageing’ of the early twenty-first century (Macnicol, 2006).Shifts in the visual stereotypes of older women over time (Warren, 2018).The cultural turn in ageist stereotypes from physical limitations to cosmetic appearance, with a particularly severe impact on older women (Twigg, 2013). Recent events have made this task more pressing than ever. More importantly, this will on average be a gradually increasing risk with any specific age being an arbitrary point on this line. BSG is a registered charitable company and is the professional organisation representing gerontologists in Britain. One in five people aged between 70 and 85, over 1.5 million people, volunteer in their communities. Please note that the views expressed on this blog are the views of individual members of the British Society of Gerontology, and do not represent the views of the Society, or any part of the Society. We need to find a way to allow people to walk or cycle to local shops, to take exercise (for themselves and their pets), and to wave at one another and make social connections while maintaining a safe distance and observing hygiene requirements, without being singled out or intimidated. We affirm the prime goal to control and limit as far as possible the spread of COVID-19. We should also be providing financial support for people faced with additional costs associated with managing daily life when family members have coronavirus, such as keeping the washing machine running and purchasing cleaning and hygiene products. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioural sciences, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care. The British Society of Gerontology’s (BSG) Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) provides students, early career academics, researchers, and practitioners with opportunities for learning, networking, and mentor support. Please note that the views expressed on this blog are the views of individual members of the British Society of Gerontology, and do not represent the views of the Society, or any part of the Society. This 3-minute explainer video we produced on the topic of intersectionality and health offers a general overview: [Embed explainer video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwqnC1fy_zc]. This is a space for debate and discussion by the many academics, professionals and people with an interest in ageing issues that form the membership of the BSG. Contrary to this discourse, the evidence shows that loneliness and social isolation affect people of all ages. Foresight report looking at the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society. 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