The IAH is committed to public engagement to improve public understanding of ageing, to influence public behaviours towards those which support healthy ageing, and to improve support for older people who suffer from age related conditions or from isolation resulting from public attitudes to ageing.
The IAH public engagement strategy is delivered in partnership with years ahead – the NE regional forum on ageing, and is supported by a small team as part of the Campus for Ageing and Vitality programme.
The team is keen to support initiatives which genuinely involve the public and in particular older people themselves in:
The University is keen to support public engagement activity and has established a PVC for engagement, Professor Paul Younger, who is the executive board member with responsibility for this strand of university activity. The University’s aspirations are primarily enacted under the auspices of the Beacon North East beacon for public engagement, partnered by Durham University and the Centre for Life.