Category Archives: Ageing

Look closer

Via Nicolas Nova's blog, pasta and vinegar, a picture (flickr url) of a supermarket trolley with built in magnifying glass to assist shoppers who have trouble reading labels etc. This seems particularly useful as looking at ingredient lists and nutrition … Continue reading

Skilled Practitioners and Concrete Cabbages

It is always nice to see something come to fruition. This is especially true of a Ph.D thesis, the production of which I often liken, in terms of its experience quotient, to the excretion of a concrete cabbage.  So I … Continue reading

The Rising Cost of (not) Living

Spotted in a pub in Newcastle, County Down.


WARNING by Jenny Joseph When I am an old woman I shall wear purpleWith a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer glovesAnd satin sandals, and say we’ve no … Continue reading

Ageing and Sandwiches

If you're in Edinburgh next week, Wednesday 15th September to be precise, and you're interested in ageing and the research that Intel is doing in this space you might like to know I'm doing a seminar at The University of … Continue reading

Beautifully Kept Things

From a volume of poems exploring that which is left behind after the death of a loved one, often embodied in objects – such as a pot of Gentlemen's Relish or, in this case, a PC: You saved your notes … Continue reading

Mapping old age

“Our maps have improved in a kind of spurious precision as they have deteriorated in the amount of worthwhile information they convey…If the Ordnance Survey were worth the paper it prints on it would be producing a special series of … Continue reading

Murmurs of older people's stories

Murmur hits Dublin, with a focus on older people’s oral histories of the docklands of the city: [murmur] is a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. We collect and make accessible people’s … Continue reading

Ten Things: Mobility in Later Life

For me, much of this year has been spent understanding the impact of mobility on the lives of older people. My team and I wrote a report on our ethnography with five rural transport projects in Ireland – contact me … Continue reading

80 ans…et seul

A snatched picture from last year’s marathon Global Ageing Experience study that Intel conducted. From a campaign to encourage the French to reach out to older people. Shame I only had my phone with me in the underpass in Grenoble … Continue reading


Me Tube

Under the newly revamped section of Intel’s website that relates to Healthcare, the division in which I work, I’m shocked to find that a video we made about our work in understanding ageing and technology innovation (and featuring yours truly), … Continue reading

Gone Skiing

I may be in Switzerland, at the World Ageing and Generations Conference, but I’m not skiing. In marketing circles, SKING refers to Spending the Kids Inheritance, used bluntly in a advert (spotted above the urinal in Dublin airport) targeting unsuspecting … Continue reading

Ethnography, Transportation and Older People

With ethnography so in vogue nowadays there is barely a domain, particularly one where commercial opportunity might present itself, that does not have an ‘ethnographic’ study conducted on it. When my team at Intel started to conduct some work examining … Continue reading

Words, Words, Words

"Us as we age" Based on a survey of American journalists who cover ageing and associated issues across different media, this CS Monitor article, examines the words used in writing about older people, seniors, the elderly, elders, senior citizens Baby … Continue reading

Relative Mobility

So this is not a particularly profound point perhaps but anyhow…perhaps some preamble will help. Over the last few months I’ve been leading a project looking at the impacts of transportation and mobility on the lives of older people in … Continue reading

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