Keele’s ‘Ages and Stages’ research team recently hosted Prof Janet Fast and Jacquie Eales, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Janet and Jacquie were visiting to discuss the links between the ‘Ages and Stages’ project and their project entitled: Health and Creative Aging: Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging. The ‘Ages and Stages’ project (http://www.keele.ac.uk/research/lcs/csg/agesandstages), led by Professor Miriam Bernard (Centre for Social Gerontology/RI for Life Course Studies), is funded by the multi-research council New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme. The Keele team are researching the role that Stoke-on-Trent’s Victoria Theatre (now the New Vic Theatre) has played in the lives of people living and working in the Potteries during the last forty years. The Canadian team are carrying out research with the ‘GeriActors and Friends’ intergenerational theatre company (http://geriactors.com/) in Edmonton, Alberta, exploring the participation of older adults in theatrical productions and how this may enhance health and well-being.
Also present at the day-long meeting were three members of the NDA’s ‘Older People’s Reference Group’. Members of this group choose to be linked with individual projects in the programme and they advise the Programme Director, help to monitor and disseminate outputs, and act as a source of advice and support for projects.
Pictured at the New Vic Theatre are (from left to right): Diane Andrewes (member of the OPRG); Teresa Lefort (member of the OPRG); Prof Mim Bernard (PI, ‘Ages & Stages’ project); Dr Lucy Munro (CI, ‘Ages & Stages’ project), Jill Rezzano (CI, ‘Ages and Stages’ project and Head of Education, the New Vic Theatre), Dr Michelle Rickett (Research Associate, ‘Ages & Stages’ project), Tracey Harrison (‘Ages & Stages’ project Administrator), Prof Janet Fast (Univ of Alberta), Jacqui Eales (Univ of Alberta), Ruth Basten (‘Ages & Stages’ PhD student), and Elizabeth Sclater (member of the OPRG).
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