Aspects of Age exhibition launches

12 Nov 2019

Fascinating aspects of the history of older people's health care are being explored in a new exhibition at the Royal College of Nursing Scotland (RCN) in Edinburgh.

Launching on Wednesday 13 November, Aspects of Age explores the shift from institutional to home care over two centuries of older people’s nursing, from the workhouses of the Victorian era to the hospital, care home and beyond. In an ageing population, the exhibition asks how nursing can improve the lives of those over 75.

An evening of discussion to mark the new exhibition, on 13 November includes contributions from Yvonne Manson of Balhousie Care Group, Professor Jan Dewing of Queen Margaret University, and Fiona Collie from Carers Scotland.

With a positive profile on care home nursing, Yvonne Manson, Operations Dementia Manager at Balhousie Care Group – and a former RCNi and National Care Award Winner for leadership – will focus on how the care home sector has changed in the last ten years, exploring the different specialist nursing opportunities and how they drive forward innovation.

Professor Jan Dewing, Sue Pembrey Chair in Nursing and Director of The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research at Queen Margaret University, will explore perspectives on care for older people and share 'a few of my favourite things' on person-centred nursing with older persons.

Drawing on experiences of being a carer, Fiona Collie, Policy & Public Affairs Manager at Carers Scotland will share carers’ perspectives with our audience.

Highlighting the impact of vision impairment on everyday tasks, attendees will also be able to experiment with vision impairment simulation glasses and equipment to encourage independence with Hannah Hulme, Marketing Campaigns Co-ordinator at Royal Blind.

Siân Kiely, RCN Knowledge and Research Manager, said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating the role of nursing in health care for older people with our latest exhibition. Older age is changing, and longer life expectancies alter how we view work, retirement, relationships and our health. This is a fascinating exhibition exploring key areas of older people’s health care, including how care has shifted from institutional to home care over two centuries of older people’s nursing. The history of caring for our older generations is a story shaped by how we view older people in society, and how we value the role of those that care for them.”

Yvonne Manson, Operations Dementia Manager with Balhousie Care Group, said:

“I’m honoured to be speaking at Aspects of Age and to share the changes I’ve seen in nursing during my career in the care home sector. People are coming into care homes with more complex care needs than ever before and care home nursing has had to change to adapt to this.”

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