There will be larger numbers of older adults and fewer younger ones as the 21st century progresses. This is keeping policy makers up at night. But what sort of life-course do we want for older adults, for ourselves and other generations as we age? This lecture examines a number of alternative models for exploring what is happening to the adult life-course as a consequence of the combined effect of increased longevity and changing demography. Each of which has different implications for public policy. We are facing a situation that is historically unprecedented, for which the challenge is cultural as well as demographic.
Background Simon Biggs
Simon Biggs is Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy at Melbourne University, Australia. He has participated in several government briefings on dignity in later life and population ageing. Recent research has included: age friendly cities, uses of adaptive technology in later life, elder abuse and neglect and intergenerational relations. In 2011 he published his latest book ‘Generational Intelligence’.
16.00 – Welcome with coffee/tea
16.20 – Introduction: Dr. Jolanda Lindenberg, Leyden Academy
16.30 – Lecture:Prof. Simon Biggs, Melbourne University Australia
17.30 – Discussion
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