“Reimagining ageing” ILC-UK Partners Programme lecture and debate

May 14, 2019 | EVENT

Date: Friday 14 June 2019
Time: 2.00pm for 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Location: Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ


Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC

Keynote speaker:

Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Professor Carol Jagger, Professor of the Epidemiology of Ageing at Newcastle University

Steven Baxter, Club Vita

Population ageing is often presented as an existential threat. And traditional demographic measures of ageing amplify the message that longevity creates an economic and social problem that needs to be solved.

However, these measures are based upon binary ideas: of being ‘old’ at 60 or 65, and then becoming ‘dependent’ on the labour force aged below this age.

Recent publications by Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten and his collaborators in Europe and the USA have turned this idea on its head, presenting a radically different way of measuring ageing which, in turn, reconceptualises the entire concept of how longevity and society interact with each other.

During this event, Professor Gietel-Basten set present his analysis and arguments, after which we debated whether we should adopt a new way of measuring ageing and how can we can make this happen.

This lecture and debate has been possible as a result of support from the ILC-UK Partners Programme. More information on the Partners Programme is available at: https://ilcuk.org.uk/work-with-us/partners/

The slides of the event are available below: