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


Welcome to the April issue of Generations Review. Our Annual BSG Conference, this year hosted by Brunel University, West London, is approaching fast, for information on our exciting programme and registration please visit our website at: http://www.bsg2010brunel.org.uk/

This issue also includes the last report by Prof Judith Philips as our president as Prof Miriam Bernard will be taking over after the next AGM in July. On behalf of all the membership of BSG we would like to thank Judith for all her work and contributions to GR and wish her all the best. The health of the Society is demonstrated by the range of activities that our membership are involved in. BSG Scotland are busy organising, in collaboration with Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling,  a conference on June 14th focussing upon Involving Older People: Meanings and Method. We look forward to receive a report of this conference in a future issue of GR! The reports of the progress of the ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing funding programme, the KT equal conference on falls and the  report from the  I'DGO research consortium all illustrate the breadth and health of our discipline and the links between policy, practice and researchers. 

In our research section we have a variety of exciting and interesting research articles. First, Dr Ann-Marie Towers and colleagues at the University of Kent report quantitative and qualitative evaluation data that shows potential for an observational methodology to assess dignity and quality of care in care homes. Second, Samira Alsenany from the University of Sheffield provides data on the incidence and circumstances of falls in a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr Samuel Nyman, Professor Gosney, and Professor Victor provide an update of the evidence on the psychosocial impact of acquiring visual impairment in later life. Cassie Phoenix and Meridith Griffin report on their research on understanding experiences and expectations of ageing using narrative. We also have a very interesting article on the relationship between research into ageing and oral history by Joanna Bornat and Josie Tetley. Our final article by Caillie Tam reports on the gender differences in the portrayal of older people in television documentaries in Hong Kong. In our PhD section, we have four interesting thesis abstracts covering a variety of ageing research.

We are also delighted to present a profile of our Treasurer Dr Debora Price, Kings College London.  Debora has been an excellent treasurer and working alongside Rachel Hazelwood has changed our financial mechanisms and policies with such diligence and knowledge. This profile highlights Debora’s exciting and dynamic career and interests and acts as a very special thank you from all of us at GR and BSG.

In our Policy and Practice section we have two different and provocative pieces. First, Nicola Donnelly from the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland alerts readers to the news that in Ireland, statistics show that although men and women are living longer they are not living longer in good health. The article also highlights how older people have continued in employment despite the economic downturn. Both health and employment have considerable policy implications that are the focus of current debates over the economy and the forthcoming general election. Second, a key emergent area for colleagues concerned with policy and practice issues is the diverse and changing context of global ageing as illustrated by the perceptions and experiences of migrants growing older. In this issue, John Percival’s article highlights the complexity of the motivations, feelings, meanings and perceptions as  older migrants from the UK  contemplate the possibilities and dilemmas of returning ‘home’ from Australia. The persistent, diverse and emotional nature of these deliberations, and the possible effects on quality of life, are clearly evident. 

In our Education and Careers section, Professor emeritus Roger Clough provides a reflective piece on the meaning of ageing. Professor Clough reflects on his own ageing and that of his father who is a centenarian, whether older people imagine the future and look forward to things, and whether the ‘stage on a long walk’ is a useful metaphor for living and ageing.

As always, 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, Sam Nyman and Christina Victor

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