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Ageing Well series of public talks

Jitka Vseteckova is delighted to announce a series of public talks with the title ‘Ageing Well’, which will be offered at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

Many changes can be brought about by ageing. Most of the changes are physiological processes, they come naturally, and produce physical and mental deterioration. However, timely interventions such as nutrition, hydration, physical, cognitive and social stimulation can prevent or delay these processes.

Over the past 14 years Jitka Vseteckova has been developing and delivering educational interventions such as this, to facilitate healthy ageing and  prevent the fast deterioration for older people with and without dementia (both in the UK and overseas). ‘My experience is that older people are specific in that they are keen to learn but do not always have the opportunity, the finances or facilities to do so. I am passionate about building bridges between communities, in this case between the research community and those who will profit most from the findings of the research but may not have access to them.’

Please find a short promo video here

For any questions or further information please contact

Venue: The Open University Library – Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Dates and Times:

Are we prepared to live longer         –       October 22nd 2019 – 11:30 – 1pm   

Ageing Brain                                       –      November 26th 2019 – 11:30 – 1pm

Nutritional needs while ageing         –       January 28th 2020 – 11:30 – 1pm

Pharmacotherapy while ageing        –        February 25th 2020 – 11:30 – 1pm

Move it and breathe                           –       March 24th 2020 – 11:30 – 1pm

Standing tall                                        –       April 28th 2020 – 11:30 – 1pm



GOTH/Health & Wellbeing PRA Joint Networking Workshop 30 January 2020

Jointly with the Health and Wellbeing PRA, GOTH ( the OU’s new Research Centre for Gender and Otherness in Humanities) is organizing a research and funding , networking workshop on the Milton Keynes campus.

The Agenda will comprise of:-

Subject Lead – ‘Nationalism and Feminism’. by Suman Gupta (English & CW)
Readings: 1. Lois West, “Nation”; 2. Sarah R Farris, “Introduction: In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism”
Lightning introductory networking session:

Kim Pratt (Classical Studies): A Captive Audience: Taking Classics to the OU prison community
 Sally Blackburn-Daniel (English & CW): Anthropological Acts: Vernon Lee’s The Ballet of the Nations (1915

Shaf Towheed (English & CW) & Gaynor Henry-Edwards (WELS): research funding bid panel


Venue: Michael Young Building, The Presentation Room.

Time:   11.30am – 5pm

Lunch will be provided.

The event is free to attend; however, online registration is necessary beforehand. Please register at:



Health and Wellbeing PRA Writing Retreat – 18 March 2020


Health and Wellbeing PRA is pleased to offer the opportunity for individuals or groups to attend a writing retreat at Chicheley Hall in Chicheley, Buckinghamshire on the 18th of March 2020 between 10 and 16:30.
The day is unstructured offering the opportunity for you to get together with colleagues to collaborate or just get out of the office and have some space to work in the comfortable surroundings of Chicheley.
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day as well as lunch.
If you are interested in coming along, please email
We look forward to seeing you.


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