The contribution of older people in the workplace, and wider society, is to be promoted through a new Age Friendly Academy, established at the University of Strathclyde.
The Academy is designed to highlight Strathclyde’s commitment to the concept of positive aging, by offering learning opportunities throughout the course of life.
It will combine the University’s provision of learning for people in later life with its extensive research in gerontology – the study of old age and older people – and other themes, such as health and wellbeing. This is informing the teaching done at Strathclyde and can help to shape practice in other institutions.
The Academy reflects the University’s status as an age-friendly institution. It is being led by Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL), which has been running the Daytime Programme – a broad range of courses specifically aimed at people aged over 50 – for the past 30 years.
The Age-Friendly Academy was launched on Tuesday, 2 May, at an event to be opened by Strathclyde Principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald.
CLL Head Alix McDonald said: “Strathclyde is committed to promoting and developing a culture of positive aging. The Age-Friendly Academy will focus on bringing together the University’s provision for an older demographic, as well as research - responding to a need which has been identified by industry and the public sector.
“There’s a great deal of research across Strathclyde which feeds into what we do as an age-friendly university, in areas such as healthcare, business, information science and psychology.
“The Age-Friendly Academy will be beneficial not only to older learners but also to employers, policy-makers and healthcare professionals.”
The launch was addressed by Brian Sloan, Managing Director of Age Scotland Commercial Enterprises, and representatives from Dublin City University, where the global Age-Friendly Universities initiative, endorsed by Strathclyde, was launched in 2012.