Participant profile for our next event on 19th November and booked via Eventbrite, twitter, UoS and some referrals. Participants include a Consultant Endocrinologist/World Bank Consultant on health issues specialising in designing health services for 21st Century; Electronic/Mechanical engineer working on Adaptive Lifestyle Monitoring, two engineers and one civil servant/ TU activist – retired; one ecologist, health & social care expert from SCHARR, Alzheimers’ Society Manager, part-time teacher studying law at SHU, 3 final year IT under-grads and NDA Team members. It is quite likely that several people will turn up on the day without registering. Age range from c. 20 – 65+. Good diversity of gender and ethnicity. Sadly no architects, surveyors or building designers.
This reflects the good outcomes of our July 2014 include our Partnership with the New Dynamics of Ageing, a cross Council Research Programme on how we can help elderly people live lives they want to live. We are delighted that Dr Amanda Sharkey has agreed to join our speakers: Bridget Strong, John Grant and Eddie Murphy have agreed to speak again.
Profile of participants at that event was also quite eclectic with good diversity, gender balance, an age range of 22-93 with the majority of participants in their late 20s -mid 40s from a range of professions, those with caring responsibilities and several retired people across all walks of life. Professionals were from relevant sectors, Councillors and staff as well as DWELL at the University of Sheffield, Shelter and The Alzheimers Society.
A key point raised at that event is that there is a growing need for increased awareness of people in their late thirties or early forties to think and plan for the future now to ensure their wishes can be implemented should this help be needed.