In early July 2015 a team of SPHR researchers hosted a workshop to share findings from a research project on the WHO Age Friendly Cities initiative in Liverpool, part of SPHR’s Ageing Well Programme.
The research team, led by Prof Nigel Bruce, presented their findings to a group of key stakeholders. These included public involvement groups who took part in the research, representatives from Liverpool City Council, a range of charities including Age Concern, local authority and health sector representatives from across the country, Public Health England and assorted SPHR colleagues.
The study revealed that falls is a priority health issue for older people in Liverpool. SPHR@cam’s Stefanie Buckner presented a falls logic model that continues to be developed by the research team to provide a better understanding of the agencies and processes involved in falls prevention and care across the city. She also shared findings that have fed into the development of an adaptable evaluation tool for age-friendly initiatives that could be applied in different contexts. Further details on the development and application of the tool were presented by Professor Bruce.
The afternoon session began with a focus on respect and social inclusion as a domain of an Age Friendly City. This was followed by a presentation from SPHR@cam’s Calum Mattocks, who detailed plans to build and expand on the Age Friendly Cities study.
Throughout the day, delegates contributed to group discussions around the practical application of the research findings and vital next steps in the forthcoming roll-out of the Age Friendly Cities initiative.