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Narrative and Ageing Conference
Over 70 people from across the University and the neighbouring community met at The Hub last week for a special one-day conference on Narrative and Ageing.
The aim of the event was to showcase some contemporary developments in narrative research and to explore the value of narrative and story-telling in work with older people. The morning session consisted of five keynote lectures.
The first by Arko Oderwald, Professor of Medical Humanities in Amsterdam, was on 'The many ways of getting older', followed by Rebecca Frankenberg from B-Arts who spoke on their work on digital story-telling with older people. Professor David Amigoni, from Keele, spoke on 'Narrative and historical perspectives on later life creativity', there was a lecture by Dr Mo Ray, Keele, on using life biographies in staff training and finally Dr Dana Rosenfeld, Keele, spoke about her research on older gay survivors of the AIDS epidemic.
The afternoon session included workshops on the use of novels in medical training, building a digital memory box, life history projects with older residents, and creative storytelling for people with dementia.
The meeting was organised by Keele Initiative on Ageing. In closing the conference Professor Michael Murray stressed the central importance of narrative as means of both understanding the experience of ageing but also providing a framework for interventions designed to enhance the quality of life of older people. There are plans for future events and details of these will be posted at www.keele.ac.uk/ageing