Christine O’ Kelly is Dublin City University ‘s Age-Friendly University Coordinator. Christine has an extensive background in working with a range of agencies and networks engaged in representing and enhancing the well-being of older adults. She was the former CEO of Ireland’s Older Women’s Network, a global network with a focus on gender and aging and served as a board member of Ireland’s National Women’s Council and Banulacht, a national organization working with women in the developing world. Christine was involved in a government working group to draft Ireland’s National Positive Ageing Strategy and was a member of a team investigating residential nursing home abuse which resulted in the establishment of a national watchdog agency on residential care. She is a member of the AGE Platform and represents DCU, a founding member of the Covenant on Demographic Change in the EU. She also represents DCU on the Dublin and Fingal Age-friendly Alliances and works on subgroups on housing and transport. Christine leads DCU’s Age- Friendly University Global Network which spans Europe, North America, and South East Asia. She coordinates DCU’s AFU multidisciplinary team and Expert Advisory Board and works closely with stakeholders at national, regional and EU level. Christine was educated at the National College of Ireland and DCU
Ten Principles of an Age Friendly University
Prof. Michelle Porter, University of Manitoba
Michelle Porter is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and Director of the Centre on Aging, at the University of Manitoba. She received her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research broadly falls within the area of mobility and aging – more specifically she has studied exercise and aging, as well as older drivers. She has been and continues to be engaged in several boards, locally, provincially and nationally (in Canada) such as Active Aging Canada, and the Transportation Options Network for Seniors. At the University of Manitoba, she chairs the Age-Friendly University Committee.
Dr. Laura Harrington, Mc Master Institute for Research on Ageing.
Managing Director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging. With a background in scientific research (PhD in chemistry) and business administration (MBA), Laura works with McMaster researchers to build partnerships, facilitate and advance interdisciplinary collaboration, and raise the profile of the University’s robust research platforms in aging. Prior to her current role, Laura was the Project Director for the President’s institutional vision titled Forward with Integrity, where she led a number of projects and initiatives to advance the strategic priorities identified by the University.
In 2012, DCU established the concept and principles of an Age-Friendly University and was joined by Arizona State University and Strathclyde University in Scotland, to become the world’s first Age-Friendly Universities Network(AFU).
By working together to promote an inclusive approach to healthy and active ageing through our research agenda, focus on innovation to address specific issues affecting older adults, curriculum development and the enhancement of learning opportunities for people across the generations, our vision to develop an age-friendly university expanded to a global network of universities with diverse expertise working together for common goals.
Since 2012 the network has developed to include 20 universities representing Europe, Canada, USA, and South East Asia and it continues to grow.
This Symposium focuses on the evolution and application of the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University and how they are being implemented in Dublin City University, the University of Manitoba and Mc Master University, Canada
Concept and Evolution of Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University
Dublin City University is a globally engaged research intensive young university. In 2012 it developed and launched Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University. This presentation outlines how the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University evolved, how it is implemented in Dublin City University and our plans for the future.
Prof. Michelle Porter
In May of 2016, the University of Manitoba officially endorsed the Age-Friendly University Principles, becoming the first University in Canada to do so. While the University of Manitoba is already actively engaged in all ten principles, this initiative brings the impetus to take a more concerted approach. An Age-Friendly University Committee was formed and has the following representation: student groups, the Retirees Association, academic administrators, campus services administrators (parking, recreation, alumni, campus planning, physical plant and architectural services, human resources), city planning department, extended education and the Elder in Residence. Photovoice research projects have been undertaken to seek input from older adults on campus, regarding barriers and facilitators to the University being age-friendly, and providing recommendations for enhancements. This presentation will outline the steps taken to endorse the Age-Friendly University principles, findings from Age-Friendly University research projects, and the work of the Age-Friendly University Committee.
Dr. Laura Harrington
McMaster University is a mid-sized, research-intensive university in Hamilton, Ontario. The institution has a long history of community engagement, as well as a recognized strength in aging research, which has been amplified by the creation of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) in fall 2016. Recognizing the importance of incorporating older adults into the research and educational initiatives of the University, McMaster joined the AFU network in 2017. Since then, MIRA’s focus has been on i) collecting and understanding the existing initiatives that meet some of the ten AFU principles, and ii) looking for opportunities to build on this foundation and expand the relationship that the University has with older adults in the community. This presentation will share McMaster’s experiences in implementing the principles within a research-intensive, community engaged academic environment.