Masters of Ageing: Visions of ageing in an uncertain world

Adult ageing is at a crossroads. We are living through a period in which the options for how to live a long life have rarely been more open, yet at the same time are increasingly being shaped by forces not of our own choosing. How do we adapt to a society when generations are becoming approximately the same size? And, what is the purpose of a long life?
Lifecourse change requires that we take discontinuities that include new challenges and directions into account as well as continuity.  Changes in social policy also suggest a future that is more precarious and more vulnerable than it has been for immediately preceding generations. So how do we manage our ageing identities in this context, and what might be the implications for intergenerational relationships? This talk will explore some of the challenges and alternatives as we respond to societal and personal ageing. 


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 environments, midlife issues, mature age workers, dementia care, and intergenerational relations.

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 16.00-18.00 hrs.
16.00 – Introduction by Dr. Jolanda Lindenberg Leyden Academy
16.10 – Lecture by Prof. Simon Biggs
17.00 – Discussion
17.15 – Drinks

Leyden Academy on 
Vitality and Ageing
Poortgebouw ‘Zuid’, room 0.15
Rijnsburgerweg 10
2333 AA Leiden
The Netherlands
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