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51st Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, 6 - 8 July 2022: ‘Better Futures for Older People - Towards Resilient and Inclusive Communities’

Better Futures for Older People - Towards Resilient and Inclusive Communities

Given the events that occurred during the pandemic, there is no better time to consider the impact of societal changes on older adults in the 'new normal'. Older adults worldwide have experienced months of exclusion from society to protect their health. One of the many issues that our response to COVID-19 has highlighted is the need to feel connected to others. Of course, this does not have to mean being physically present in the company of others. Quality communications via digital technology offer much. We are only too aware that a time of crisis may occur at any point. We must be physically and mentally prepared for such situations in the future. Because of this, the need for building inclusive communities and fostering individual and collective resilience is of paramount importance. Our theme, 'Better Futures for Older People - Towards Resilient and Inclusive Communities', captures this sentiment.