Housing 21’s annual conference, taking place in Birmingham this October, will be exploring whether the UK is institutionally ageist.
We are all ageing, yet ageism is the most common form of prejudice. Other forms of discrimination such as racism and sexism are rightly seen as unacceptable, yet ageist assumptions and attitudes often go unchallenged and are reinforced by the use of language and negative stereotypes of older people.
Housing 21 is delighted to announce their annual conference on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC), this year exploring whether the UK is institutionally ageist, how this issue can be tackled and what policy change and actions are needed to make this to happen.
Keynote speaker Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England and Chair of the International Longevity Centre will provide an opening address, joining speakers and panellists from ARCO, Peabody, Stonewall Housing, Ocean Media and the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield and Worcester. Housing 21’s annual conference will bring together representatives from the housing sector, academia and policy to discuss socio-economic disparities and inequality in housing as the population ages.
Panel discussions and breakout workshop sessions will reflect on how working for longer and living more years in ill health impacts on different sections of society, recognising that existing inequalities can be amplified. The conference will also explore what consequences the lack of a holistic housing policy has for the older populations.
Bruce Moore, Chief Executive at Housing 21 said: “For our fourth annual conference we’re seeking to identify and challenge ageism, by reflecting on the responses of housing and other institutions to an ageing society and language, behaviours and assumptions that influence this. We believe the answer lies in more and better options for older people’s housing and understanding housing aspirations, so the conference will seek to provide a forum for sharing knowledge and ideas between academics, practitioners and experts.”
The day will consist of panel discussions and breakout workshops, with opportunities for networking and lunch provided.