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Welcome from your editors Wendy Martin, Samuel R. Nyman, Subrata Saha, Christina Victor and Veronika Williams


A belated Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of Generations Review 2009!

We start the year with a very exciting issue thanks to your interesting and engaging contributions. We hope that you will continue to contribute to the BSG online newsletter with such excellent articles from a wide range of topics which reflect the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of BSG. This year we would like to bring you a series of policy and practice articles relating to the opportunities and challenges for older people in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for 2009. We are starting the series by focusing on England, which will be followed by the Welsh perspective for the April issue.

In the News and Reviews section we start with a message from our President Judith Philips who was invited to speak at the Australian Association of Gerontology conference recently which enabled her to establish some formal links with the Australian ERA. This looks like a very exciting opportunity for ERA and other researchers interested in international collaborations. We have some excellent reports on past conferences and events: the Annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America, Maryland 2008 and BSG Scotland members’ event, as well as exciting new conferences: BSG 2009 in Bristol and 2009 ERA conference in Cardiff; and updates on the NDA programme and the Ageing, Body and Society study group. Ian Sidney, chair of ERA, reflects on why presenting your research is so important both for senior academics and emerging researchers. We also have some very interesting reports from the 2008 BSG bursary award holders. Wendy Martin, Honorary Secretary of the BSG, closes the News and Reviews section with a report on new developments within the administrative side of BSG.

We are delighted that Ingrid Eyers agreed to be our profile for this issue. Ingrid has contributed so much to BSG in her previous role as Honorary Secretary, and was central to setting up the first issue of our online newsletter Generations Review. This is therefore a very special and personal profile for us. Not only do we learn about Ingrid’s career and research interests in ageing studies, and how she would survive on a desert island, but, as always with Ingrid, immersed in the text is some really important advice for us all! An interesting read: thank you Ingrid!

In our research section we are delighted to bring you an excellent research article from the Lingnan University, Hong Kong, by Chan On-fung and colleagues on ‘Fear of crime among older people living in Hong Kong’. It is always exciting to have international contributions. Many of you will recognise our second research article as it relates to the excellent and engaging keynote speech from the BSG conference 2008, by Professor Miriam Bernard on ‘ Sustainable Futures and the Development of New Retirement Villages’. Finally, we publish more research abstracts from completed PhDs and an MPhil; congratulations to the authors: these are all important contributions to ageing research, policy and practice.

In our policy and practice section we have two interesting articles. First, Paul Cann from Help the Aged outlines the opportunities and challenges for England in 2009 for older people. In particular, there is anticipation over the Equality Bill to bring equal access to health and social care services, and the Social Care green paper to start preparing to meet the care needs of our ageing population. However, Help the Aged are still campaigning to raise pensioner poverty on to the government’s agenda. Second, Martin Westwood from Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust uses origami as an analogy for the set of principles and skills required for effective care of stroke patients. He acknowledges the importance of the first folds of paper/initiation of the Government’s Stroke Strategy and Clinical Guidelines, and describes how the multidisciplinary Stroke Unit at Oxford has evolved over the past four years.

In our Education and Careers section John Miles, a member of the BSG Executive Committee and Freelance Consultant, reflects on the ‘Kilburn Debates’ initiative. He describes how hosting debates is beginning to engage older people in academic research, open dialogue between academics and the public, and create potential for raising the presence of the BSG in the media.

We would like to thank all of our excellent contributors for their time, enthusiasm and willingness to provide material. We are also keen to hear from any of our BSG colleagues who would like to write about their own areas of interest. The dynamic and cutting edge nature of the newsletter is reliant on everyone’s efforts. Naturally all contributions reflect the author’s own views and not that of the Society.

If you would like to contribute to any part of this newsletter we would be very happy to hear from you, so please contact us at britishgerontology@yahoo.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

Veronika Williams, Wendy Martin, Samuel R Nyman, Subrata Saha, and Christina Victor


University of Reading.

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