Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Ageing Visitors


Alan Walker 2009: Download his presentation here, download the report here.


NZiRA is delighted to announce that PATRICIA A. MOORE President of Moore Design Associates has been appointed as the Southern Cross/NZiRA fellow for 2006. We are extremely grateful to Southern Cross Healthcare for their generous sponsorship which has made this possible.

Patricia will be in New Zealand from mid-September to Mid-October this year. She will travel around the country making presentations on the design implications of population ageing and on ‘inclusive design’. There will be public lectures in the main centres as well as presentations at meetings of Southern Cross members and corporate staff.

Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer and a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. Her broad range of experience includes Research, Product Development and Design, Environmental Design, Package Design, Transportation Design and Market Analysis. Clients include: AT&T, Baxter Healthcare, Bell Communication, Beverly Enterprises, Canadair, Corning Glass, General Electric, GTE, Heritage Healthcare, International Playtex, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Wax, Kimberly Clark, Kraft
General Foods, LOrad, NASA, Norelco NA, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Manor Care, Marriott, Maytag, Monsanto, OXO, Personal Products Company, Procter & Gamble, Searle Laboratories, Sunbeam NA, 3M, Valley Metro Rail, and Whirlpool.

Patricia is a frequent international lecturer, media guest, author of numerous articles; the books DISGUISED: A True Story, The Business of Aging [2005], and OUCH! Why Bad Design Hurts [in work]. She is co-author of the American National Standards Committee on Anthropometry, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Harrington Arthritis Research Center, the Herberger Center for Design Excellence at Arizona State University, the Advisory Board of CARF [Certifying Association of Rehabilitation Facilities], and The American Occupational Therapy Association.

Patricia Moore holds undergraduate degrees in Industrial & Environmental and Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Awarded "Alumna of the Year" 1984), and graduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling and in Human Development (Social Gerontology) from Columbia University; Completion of Advanced Studies in Biomechanics at New York University’s Medical School & Rusk Institute.

Download announcment and programme outline here.


We are extremely grateful to TOWER for providing the funding for annual international visiting fellowships for each of the years 2001 - 2005. Presetations are now available for download below Synopses of Mary Davies' Presentations in New Zealand

Managing an Ageing Workforce
Mary will review changes in the workforce and the challenges posed by population ageing. Do they constitute a threat or an opportunity? She will examine the push and pull factors which influence the decisions which people make about labour force participation in mid-life and retirement, and what the key workplace factors are. Mary will then draw upon her experience to identify key steps for employers to create a vibrant age-diverse labour force. Click here to download the presention

Work in later life - Turning a threat into an opportunity
Mary will review changes in the workforce and the challenges posed by population ageing. These may be seen to constitute threats or opportunities - for employees, for employers, and for society. Mary will outline the opportunities inherent at all these levels, describing new approaches to performance appraisal, management of change, career planning and advice about retirement. In order to turn threats into opportunities both the jobs and the workers need to adapt. Click here to download the presention

Older People, Sexuality and Disability
In order to understand issues surrounding sexuality and disability in later life, Mary believes we need adequate knowledge of the facts as opposed to myths and fantasies. We need to recognise the importance of sexuality, sensuality and sexual identity. What are the barriers to sexual fulfilment for older people and how they can be overcome? In approaching this we also need to examine our own attitudes on aspects of sexuality and older people. Click here to download the presention


We are very happy to announce that the 2003 TOWER fellow will be Dr. Norah Keating, from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Dr. Keating is a family gerontologist whose research is in family care giving and policies to support informal caregivers. She also has a longstanding interest in ageing in rural areas. We hope that this will be one of the themes of her presentations in New Zealand. She is actively involved in professional gerontology organizations and in policy consultations with Canadian federal government departments and other stakeholder agencies. She has degrees in psychology and family studies. Dr. Keating's visit will be in November.


The NZiRA TOWER visiting fellow for 2002 will be Dr. Jordan Kosberg, Professor of Social Work at the University of Alabama. Jordan has published extensively on elder abuse and the care of very old people and takes an especial interest in issues for older men - one of his presentations will be on The Invisibility and Vulnerability of Older Men.

During his career, Professor Kosberg has also held appointments at the Florida International University and McGill University in Montreal and has taught in China and Hong Kong. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and he received the Career Achievement Award in 2000 from the Association for Gerontology in Social Work Education.

Professor Kosberg will be in New Zealand from mid-May to mid-June. He will be a keynote speaker at a conference in Wellington - Ageing in a Diverse Aotearoa/New Zealand - in early June and expects to visit other main centers as well as seeing something of the country. He will be accompanied by his wife, Dr. Juanita Garcia, who is also a gerontologist interested in women and ageing. She also will speak at the conference and make other presentations.


Professor Anthea Tinker, CBE has been appointed the first TOWER visiting fellow to the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing. Professor Tinker is Professor of Social Gerontology (the study of old age and ageing) at King's College London.
"We're delighted to have the opportunity to bring Professor Tinker to New Zealand," says Dr Susan Gee, "It is a tremendous asset to have some one of her calibre and reputation to visit. We are extremely grateful to TOWER for providing the funding for annual visiting fellowships for each of the next five years."

An expert on ageing issues, Professor Tinker's recent work has included projects on community care for older people, housing for older people, elder abuse, health and health trends, carers, falls and accidents, information needs, older workers and technology/communication systems. She is the author of 25 books and over 200 publications.
From 1988 - 1998 she was Director of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at King's College London and she received a CBE (Companion of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours June 2000 for services to housing for older people.

In recent years Professor Tinker has led a team at King's College London which undertook the major research for a British Royal Commission on Long Term Care, as well as research on GPs knowledge of elder abuse, and on navigation aids. She is currently completing a large study of people who are aged 85 and living in their own homes.
Professor Tinker will be resident at the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing from Easter until early May 2001, during which she time will give public lectures, meet with government and community agencies, and give seminars for University staff and post-graduate students.

The New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing was set up at Victoria earlier this year and brings together experts and researchers from a wide range of sectors and institutions.
Issued by the Communications Unit of Victoria University of Wellington.