This discussion will explore meanings and understandings of home, locatedness and belonging for older people from different cultures. The discussion, which is chaired by Professor Kieran Walsh from NUIG, will feature Irish writer Michael Harding, Traveller Primary Health Care Worker Missy Collins, Wadjuk Noongar Aboriginal elder, Walter McGuire, and professor of history, Sami culture and society development at Umeå University, Sweden, Peter Sköld.
In 2022, the Bealtaine discussion series will explore concepts of home, ageing in place and the impact of age itself on perceptions and framings of ageing. These conversations take place amidst the constitutionally protected status of the home in Ireland, the recent Homecare Bill, as well as the homelessness and housing crisis. These conversations also note the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic in both reframing understandings of how society ‘manages’ residential care for older people and a renewed emphasis on the importance of home. The 2022 series is devised in association with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland Galway.