February 2017

Hazel Colyer

With great sadness we report the death of Hazel Colyer on 19 December 2016.

Hazel was a distinguished therapeutic radiographer and former Dean of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was instrumental in introducing interprofessional education at the University, including establishing the MA in interprofessional health and social care, also the author of many publications concerning IPE and a long term CAIPE supporter.

Hazel was a Fellow of the College of Radiographers, a bereavement counsellor and school governor, and active in many local community organisations.

Soon after her essential participation in the first Working Women in an Ageing Society Conference in Fukuoka, Japan in June 2016, which she helped to organise, we heard from her that the cancer had returned. Hazel was an inspirational colleague and teacher, and a wonderful friend.

We will miss her warmth, intellectual curiosity, openness and wisdom.

Marion Helme and Isabel Jones


March 2016

This month …

We discovered Vimeo!

This is a lovely short on (semi) retirement – whilst she might be talking about sewing and recycling, the sub text is clearly that retirement isn’t giving up, it’s ” … having a new life in a different form … ”

From the good news

Why Old Age starts at 85


to the bad news

Austerity Linked to Increase in Deaths of over 85s


In January 2016 …

We’ve joined Age Action Alliance  –  the network for partnership working and practical action to improve older people’s lives … together

You might also consider checking out the English Forum on Ageing  – ” trying to make a positive difference to the lives of older people.”  and also Wise Age, ” …   a leading not-for-profit Age & Employment research body which seeks to raise awareness of the issues affecting older working-age adults (50 – 65+), particularly in relation to employment.”

And don’t forget about the 1st Working Women in an Ageing Society Conference – 3-4th, 5th June, Fukuoka, early bird registration ends 29th February 2016