Older People's Reference Group

Elizabeth Sclater

What were your involvements before NDA?

Elizabeth Sclater

Prior to retirement I worked in social work for older people and then at policy level for the London Borough of Lewisham and at national level on equality and diversity issues on all aspects of age equality. Since retirement I have become General Secretary of the Older Women’s Network, Europe, and with colleagues across Europe and beyond, I have worked with the Committee which monitors the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to support the development of a general recommendation on older women which is due to be agreed in July 2010. This means that in the future, States Parties’ four-year reports to the Committee will be specifically required to report on the actions taken over the period to address older women’s equality and human rights. This will ensure that age is mainstreamed into public policy in each country which is a party to the Convention.

Why did you join the OPRG?

I joined the ORPG because it offered the opportunity to influence the research agenda on ageing, it took a holistic approach and it enabled me to develop new contacts and friends.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of the OPRG?

Most rewarding has been to represent the ORPG on the Commissioning Panel.

What would you like to see the NDA achieve?

That the NDA approach is accepted as the standard for:-

a) ageing research (i.e. across the disciplines) and

b) the effective involvement of older people.

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