23 November 2023SOPA New Look Newsletter Out Now

In the November issue we are delighted to introduce you to our new Editor, Margaret Fisher who has been a SOPA Trustee since 2021. The newsletter has a new look and feel.

Find out more about the latest packed issue below!

SOPA News:

• SOPA Partnering in New Brain Function Research

• Important Date for Your Diary - SOPA Annual General Meeting, 29th Jan 2024

• Older People’s Champion Campaign

• Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance

• SOPA Contributes to Ageing and Frailty Standards

Features in this Issue:

• SOPA Assembly Success with Increase in Demand for Places

• Assembly Workshop Results

• Introduction to Tony Donohoe, AfC Project Coordinator

• Age Friendly Communities - Putting You at the Heart of the Community

• Interview with Older People’s Champion, Councillor Pamela Marshall

• Former SOPA Chair Wins Age Scotland Jess Barrow Award

Members Articles from:

• Highland Senior Citizens Network Latest News

• The African and Caribbean Elders in Scotland (ACES)

• Falkirk Older People’s Network

• Generations Working Together Update

• Voice of Experience Forum

• AbilityNet

23 November 2023Festival of Ageing - 17th January 2024, Edinburgh

The Festival of Ageing Eventbrite booking is now open (free to attend). The event will take place on the 17th January 2024 in Edinburgh. Information below.

The Festival of Ageing will bring together experts from a variety of fields to discuss the latest research on ageing, as well as practical strategies for staying health, happy and connected. The Festival of Ageing is the perfect opportunity to learn, grow and connect with others across Scotland who want to make Scotland the best country in the world to grow old. Don’t miss out on this empowering and motivational event.

What can you expect:

- Inspirational keynote speakers

- Engaging panel discussions

- Opportunities to network with other people interested in ageing

- And much more!

SOPA will be attending, and we hope to see you there.

23 November 2023New Date for SOPA AGM - 29th January 2024

Our next AGM is to be held on Monday 29th January 2024 at The AV Theatre, Mackintosh at the Willow, 215-217 Sauchiehall Street, 12.30pm to 2.30pm. If you can't attend in person there will be the option to join via Zoom. (NB we have changed the date from 5th December as this clashed with the Age Scotland AGM).

We are delighted to announce that, following the short official business of the AGM, there will be a presentation by Dr Louise Brown Nicholls entitled, ‘Health and Wellbeing Through the Adult Lifespan’

Dr Louise Brown Nicholls is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where she leads her Memory & Ageing Lab group. Louise gained her PhD in cognitive ageing at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007, before working as a postdoctoral researcher until 2011. She was then a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University until she moved to Strathclyde in 2014. Louise is Director of the Strathclyde Ageing Network, comprising Strathclyde's multidisciplinary ageing-related researchers. She is also a founding member of the new Scottish Cognitive Ageing Network, which brings together cognitive ageing researchers across Scotland. Some of Louise's research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Chief Scientist Office, and The Carnegie Trust. Louise enjoys working with older adults in the community and external organisations, including SOPA, to share ideas. Louise’s hope is that her group’s research will be able to make positive impacts on people’s everyday lives as they age.

After our successful Assembly in October, when we met many of our members face-to-face and discussed areas of common interest on the many issues affecting older people today, we look forward to seeing as many of you again as possible at our AGM.  Please RSVP to hetty@scotopa.org.uk


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