Mervyn Eastman - Compassionate ageism in care services

Mervyn Eastman
Member and co-founder of Change Agents: The Older Peoples' Cooperative Collective

Mervyn Eastman began his career in the late 1960s as a welfare assistant in East London. In the early 1970s he trained in social work (CQSW) and has worked in all fields of social care, much of which specializing in issues related to age and ageing. In 1997 he co-founded, and is now President of PASA, and following early retirement from the post of Director of Social Services for a north London Borough, he became in August 2001 UK Director of the Government Programme, Better Government for Older People (BGOP), a post held until May 2009.

Author of numerous publications on a range of issues related to public services and older people ( including older prisoners), he was the first person, outside the USA, to publish a book on the then little acknowledged issue of elder abuse in the domestic setting. His contribution to raising awareness of this matter was honoured by Middlesex University in 1999 with an Hon Doctorate. Mervyn is a regular contributor to Conferences and lecturer at Universities mixing serious thought, challenging and uncomfortable reflections on health, social care and public sector services with humour. He now considers himself as an “oldie” and relishes opportunities to add older people themselves to his list of those who contribute to a society of stereotyped ageist assumptions that so frequently underpin public policy and services.

Change AGEnts UK, a co-operative he co-founded in May 2009, seeks to change how we think about older people and growing older.

Festival of practice 2019
Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage
12 November 2019 at 13:00-14:15

Oak Room, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Robertson House

Six Hills Way