Cultural adaptation to an ageing society by prof. Simon Biggs – 19 December 2012

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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Poortgebouw Leiden
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Room 0.15
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