Seminar on Ageing & Intergenerational Issues (D-J2001)

Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Location: London,

Event Date/Time: Nov 21, 2001 End Date/Time: Nov 21, 2001
Registration Date: Nov 21, 2001
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The rapid rate of ageing and decline in birth-rates in both the UK and Japan is resulting in fundamental changes in both our societies. ‘Young’ older people everywhere are rejecting ageist stereotypes and seeking more active lives after retirement alongside greater recognition of their value to their families and communities. Informal care of the needy elderly is being affected by the rising numbers of women, their traditional carers, moving into the workforce and more and more of the elderly live separately from their children. How these trends impact relationships between generations, in both countries, is the question which will be addressed by our two eminently qualified speakers in this the last seminar in our Social Policy Forum series.

Seminar speakers:

Dr Misa Izuhara is Research Associate at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. After completing her Master’s Degree in Planning at the University of British Colombia, Canada, she undertook her PhD at the University where she has been since 1998. Dr Izuhara’s has been working extensively in the areas of ageing, housing and social policy, including her doctoral studies. Her current research includes an ESRC-funded cross-national comparative work on the ‘Generational Contract’ between care and inheritance in Japan and Britain. Dr Izuhara’s publications include Choices and Constraints: Housing for Older People in Japan (Housing Studies, vol. 15), Family Change and Housing in Post-War Japanese Society (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), and the forthcoming Social Policy: Anglo-Japanese Perspectives (Bristol: The Policy Press).

Professor Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies. He is also Director of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Growing Older Programme, and Director of the UK National Collaboration on Ageing. A specialist in social gerontology, he is jointly responsible for developing the concept of social quality, and Chairs the Amsterdam-based European Foundation on Social Quality. Professor Walker’s vast range of publications includes Ageing and Welfare Change in Europe [Tokyo, Minerva, 1997] (in Japanese), Uncertain Futures – People with Learning Difficulties and their Ageing Carers (with C. Walker, Pavilion Publishing, 1998), and more recently Social Quality: A Vision For Europe (with W. Beck, L. van der Maesen, F. Themése; The Hague and Cambridge).

The Lord Laming of Tewin (Chair) trained as a Probation Officer and Psychiatric Social Worker and began his career in social work in 1961. His last two appointments were Director of Social Services in Hertfordshire (1975-1991) and Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate (1991-1998). He is now an independent Member of the House of Lords. Lord Laming is a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group and has been involved in a number of non-governmental exchanges with Japan in the field of ageing and disability.


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Additional Information

Entrance to the Seminar is free, and drinks will be served in a free discussion session at the end.