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RCN Local Learning Events

The Institute of Ageing and Health works alongside other organisations to raise issues facing older people in our society.

This year we are supporting the Royal College of Nursing’s Local Learning Event Programme in the West Midlands to help educate nursing staff around this important agenda. Click here for the programme of events.

Free Seminar on Loneliness

Institute of Ageing and health west midlandsAll health professionals welcome.
Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 1000-1500 (sandwich lunch provided)

The institute of Ageing and Health together with the National Council of Women and the Royal College of Nursing is delighted to invite you to attend this seminar on understanding the impact of loneliness on people’s physical and mental health.

The seminar is limited to 50 participants. Click here to read more.

Become an IAH Member

Membership of the Institute is available to anybody who has an interest in older people. As the emphasis of the Institute is on inter-disciplinary working, our membership is particularly appropriate for people who wish to share skills and knowledge with others. Whilst the geographical focus of the Institute is the West Midlands, membership is open to anyone who shares our objective.

Call for papers

The IAH invites papers for its journal 'Ageing & Health'. Contributions to Ageing & Health enable us to share research, reflections and stories to help improve ageing and health in the West Midlands; we are looking for articles that present views and perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines related to health and ageing.

The deadline for articles for our next journal is Monday 14 August 2017.

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