Dr Melrose Stewart MBE is a health and well-being enthusiast with a specific focus on the challenges of ageing. She received an MBE in 2020 for services to physiotherapy. As one of the experts on the multi award-winning Channel 4 TV documentary “Old Peoples’ home for 4 Year Olds”, she sees the adoption of intergenerational activities as an effective and enjoyable way of overcoming some of the mental and physical problems associated with it.
Melrose believes that, given that we all age, it is not something to be feared, denied or covered up, especially when pressures from friends, family, media and society are pushing us to think otherwise. Her mission is also to counteract the negative stereotypes and rhetoric surrounding getting old.
In addition, Melrose sees the fight for equity and justice as a fundamental part of her activities. She was founder member of the BAME Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is a current member of Her Majesty’s Judiciary s in Employment and Disability Appeals and Personal Independent Payment Tribunals.
Talks, TV & Media
|Intergenerational Connections and Hope||15 September 2021||Home Care Expo|
|Are we more lonely?||13 September 2021||Leeds International Festival of ideas 2021|
|Inspiring intergenerational connections post COVID-19||9th July 2021||The Royal Society|
|Experiences of a Windrush Physiotherapist||24th June 2021||The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy|
|The ties that bind in intergenerational connections||26th March 2021||NEACO East Coast College|
|Why we should consider racism in Primary Care||6th October 2020||BESS 2020 International scientific meeting|
|Race and Health Equity||19th August 2020||BESS 2020 International scientific meeting|
|Degree Awarding Gaps: What can we do?||27th October 2020||University of Birmingham|
|Understanding the benefits of intergenerational working||18th June 2020||Elevate - the arena of physical activity, health and performance|
|The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our BaME colleague||7th May 2020||National Allied Health Professionals webinar|
|When generations age together||9th March 2020||Panel Croft|
|Intergenerational Connections and Hope||17th /18th March 2020||Home Care Expo|
|Raising expectations in intergenerational interventions – Should we?||27TH February & 4th March 2020||CACHE|
How dare you degrade my hair!
Introduction It is not very often I get animated by the negative rhetoric on social media directed at African Black hair. However, when it is coming from Black people, as disappointingly it often does, I cannot remain passive. If you perceive Black African hair to be: a symbol of beauty, flexibility, elasticity, an assembly of […]
Can a WhatsApp group provide professional development not found elsewhere?
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No Small matter of Millie and me – When “My Boy Lollipop” came to Woodland Street, Smethwick.
Jamaica Diamond Jubilee – Celebrating Jamaican head teachers in the UK 1948-72
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Black History Month: Lecturer discovers link with Borders
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Old, senior, elder – Are you referring to me?
I am an “older person”, but older than whom? Older than everyone younger than me, of course! We know that when we are we are talking about older people, we are indeed talking about old people. So why refrain from saying ‘old’ when we readily use ‘young’ to mean the opposite? Put simply, it is […]
Constructing intergenerational connections – and then came COVID-19!
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Let the Old Die? – A Point of view
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Reconciling Honour against the Atrocities of Empire
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Taking advantage of the benefits of ageing
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Ageing in the Diaspora
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The Conversation – What happened when we introduced four-year-olds to an old people’s home
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Imagine an NHS without the Windrush Generation
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