Sara Ronzi, a SPHR-funded PhD student in the Department of Public Health and Policy at LiLaC (based at the University of Liverpool), is exploring aspects of how to make cities better places to grow old in.
Her research is related to SPHR’s ‘Age-friendly cities and towns’ project as part of the School’s Ageing Well research programme. Sara’s project focuses on respect and social inclusion in age-friendly cities which are communities which create physical and social environments to support older people to age healthily. It aims to identify a set of measures which can be used as a framework to assess if respect and social inclusion policies and initiatives benefit older people’s health. This framework will be a useful tool for academics, policy makers and organisations who provide services for older people.
Sara has undertaken a systematic review of how respect and social inclusion are associated with health, and specifically how initiatives and policies to increase respect and social inclusion can benefit older people’s health. She is also interviewing policy makers and representatives from organisations in the city and older people to identify the main challenges in making Liverpool a better place to grow old in.
As part of her research to find out what older people think, Sara has used an innovative and participatory method called ‘Photo-voice’, which asked older people from different areas of the city to take photographs to identify which aspects of Liverpool made them feel more or less valued and part of their community. The photographs taken by the groups of older people in this project will form an exhibition (planned for May 2015) which will be available for the participants, researchers, policy makers and those organisations that work with older people to view.
Click here to find out more about Sara’s PhD project. Sara can be contacted via: Twitter: @RonziSara LinkedIn: Sara Ronzi