Ageing Well: An Introduction
Professor Alison Bowes (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland)
Bridge Research with Older People and in Schools
Dr Marek Malysa (Bridge to the People Foundation, Poland)
Researchers in Poland have found that residents of nursing homes who play bridge showed lower depression rates and a significant increase in wellbeing. The same research team is also studying the effects of a year-long bridge course on pupils in 38 schools. Project lead, Dr Malysa, will present the latest findings at the conference.
Between Loneliness and Connection: Older Adults’ Leisure during a Pandemic
Dr Miriam Snellgrove and Professor Samantha Punch (BAMSA)
Through diary data collected during the first lockdown and beyond, Bridge: A MindSport for All researchers explore the impact of the pandemic on the leisure activities of older adults. This paper shows how the move to online bridge was a social lifeline for many older people, while for others the transition was difficult and frustrating compared with face-to-face play.
Social Identity, Ageing and the Role of Third-Places: Updates and Reflections
Polly Fong (Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia) and Dr Anne Russell (Bridge Player, Australia)
Researcher Polly Fong will reflect on a 2018 study of an Australian bridge club and its members. Anne Russell will discuss the importance of community spaces for identity and wellbeing.
Inclusivity and Bridge
José Júlio Curado (Global Studies, Open University of Portugal, Madeira)
Researcher José Júlio Curado will summarise the aims for his doctoral study and comment on the way bridge contributes to a global culture.
Intergenerationality and Bridge
Chris Panagiotaros (Social Work, Western Sydney University, Australia)
Doctoral researcher Chris Panagiotaros will give an overview of his study of three professional Australian bridge players and consider the social and community benefits of playing bridge.