DJ Liz Kershaw smashes stereotypes on later life at Age UK conference

DJ Liz Kershaw smashes stereotypes on later life at Age UK conference

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin are delighted that BBC broadcaster and journalist Liz Kershaw will chair their one-day conference on 11 April.

The award winning BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, who is already very familiar with the charity as patron of Age UK Warwickshire, will certainly add plenty of spice to the event. She is mad about music, passionate about politics and in her words ‘just looking for the bigger picture in an ever smaller minded world.’

This year’s conference – Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll: The changing face of old age – is aiming to break with tradition and open up a dialog on some often considered private subjects such as relationships, sexual health and wellbeing, drug use and addiction in later life.

Speakers include: Dr David Lee and Professor Josie Tetley from Manchester Metropolitan University, authors of the popular Valentine’s Day report ‘How long will I love you? Sex and intimacy in later life’; Professor Tony Elliot, Clinical Director for older adult services in South Staffordshire & Shropshire, who will be discussing ‘Substance misuse among older adults: a neglected but treatable problem’; and Trelawney Kerrigan from Dating Options, an expert on dating safely.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: This year’s conference programme aims to modernise some of the perceptions of old age and show the new generation of retirees that they can live happy, active and fulfilled lives.

‘It is very exciting that Liz Kershaw has agreed to be Conference Chair; we are determined to ditch some of the stereotypes on later life at the conference and I am confident that Liz will help us do just that.’

If you are interested in any of these topics or want to challenge some of your own perceptions of old age then this conference is definitely for you.

The conference will be held at University Centre Shrewsbury, Thursday 11th April 2019, 10am-4pm and we are expecting places to be in high demand.

To secure your place, please ring Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233123 or email:

Tickets cost £50 (£25 for Senior Citizens/Students)

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