Before joining NDA I had been an Open University tutor, DD100 - Introduction to the Social Sciences - for many years.
I joined NDA OPRG because, in my 60s, I was studying for an OU doctorate in education. The title of my dissertation was ‘Learning in Later Life: oldering or empowerment. A third age researcher’s interpretation of some voices of third age learners.’ I was interested in NDA because it seems, unlike much gerontology, to take old people seriously, and have no ageist agenda.
It was some time after applying to join before I was accepted, and having been a member for less than a year it is hard to say what is most rewarding. I think it is probably two invitations to meet those involved in research.
I would hope that NDA will help to change the image of old people, particularly in the media, so that the word ‘old’ might one day not be seen as insulting, and old people would not feel it necessary to call themselves ‘older’. (Everyone is older than they once were). I hope it might play a part in combating oldering, the process whereby old people accept that they are ‘too old’ to do all sorts of things that they are perfectly capable of.Back to Older People's Reference Group