Megan Acton joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in February 2018. She recently spent a year abroad in London, UK to complete her master’s degree in Ageing and Society, taught by the Institute of Gerontology at King’s College London. There, she gained a strong understanding of the experiences of ageing societies and policies for an ageing world.
For her final dissertation, Megan conducted qualitative interviews with older women in London to determine whether the city is ‘age-friendly’ from the perspective of older women themselves, and to determine what improvements could be made with regards to transport and outdoor spaces. Prior to her master’s degree, she completed an Honours BA in Health Studies and Gerontology from McMaster University.
Megan has experience working in the ageing field within the areas of retirement living and long-term care. In addition, she completed an internship for Public Health England where she assisted the Older People Team to provide evidence-based research and national recommendations for the UK Department of Health.
Megan contributed to various projects such as providing support to enable implementation of the World Health Organization’s Healthy Ageing Plan and creating a menu of community-based interventions to improve the health of older people. Lastly, Megan was able to contribute to a pre-election Green Paper on age-friendly communities, and helped to develop partnerships with organizations that have an interest in global health and ageing in support of PHE’s Global Health Strategy.
For almost a decade, Megan has been interested in the experiences older people face and how she can help to improve those experiences. Megan is thrilled to work for an organization whose values align with hers, and whose hard work turn to actions. She is excited to join the IFA and put her education and skills to use to benefit the lives of older people around the world.