Strong MICRA presence at international gerontology and geriatrics congress

MICRA at The University of Manchester was well represented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2019, which took place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 23 – 25 May.

From SENSE-Cog, Piers Dawes and Iracema Leroi both gave presentations in a session on ‘Gaps and solutions in knowledge and understanding of combined hearing, vision and cognitive impairment in older adults’. Piers Dawes spoke on the impact of sensory impairment on dementia assessment, and what to do about it while Ira Leroi’s presentation was titled ‘Will hearing and vision enhancement improve outcomes for people with dementia. MICRA has promoted this research.

Dr Laura Brown of the School of Health Sciences at the university contributed to the ‘Cognition and trajectories’ session with her presentation ‘Measuring changes in cognitive function over micro-longitudinal timescales in people with dementia: Developing the ‘my mind check’ app through iterative user-testing’. Laura also chaired several presentations in the ‘Sexuality and intimacy’ session, with the inclusion of her own presentation ‘Let's talk about the 'S' word! Developing a staff training resource to support the sexuality, intimacy and relationship needs of care home residents’ – which was also the theme of a recent and very successful MICRA seminar.

Tine Buffel spoke on ‘Ageing in a gentrifying neighbourhood: Experiences of community change in later life’.

And Professor Debbie Price (MICRA director) along with colleagues from Pensions Policy Institute, Stockholm University and King's College London presented a poster on ‘Which women will benefit from recent UK pension reforms?’ They show that women who work full time throughout, even on the 30th percentile of earnings, will lose state pension relative to the prior system. However, those who do not work full time throughout experience an increase in state pension, some substantially. In addition, all women accrue more private pension. The result is that in all cases examined, women are better off under the new system. This is particularly so for women who work part-time for substantial periods, and for low earning women who take breaks from work. However, pension accumulation differs very little for those across the earnings distribution if they have histories with much part-time work, and all women, even at the 70th percentile of earnings, will remain very dependent on the state pension for pension income.

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