A life course approach to healthy ageing

Tuesday 11th September 2012 in London 

Society for Social Medicine Pre-conference meeting

John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT

A life course approach to healthy ageing

Healthy ageing has been a neglected area of epidemiological research, particularly in the UK, where the traditional focus has been on specific chronic diseases of later life. Healthy ageing is the delay or slowing down of the progressive, generalised impairment of function that occurs as people grow older, resulting in a loss of adaptive response to life challenges and an increasing probability of chronic disease and premature death. From psychological and social perspectives, evidence from people themselves suggests that ageing can also be a time of gain, with happiness, a sense of purpose, being socially engaged, physically active, productive and independent, important aspects of healthy ageing. There is a growing consensus from scientists, research funders and policy makers that ageing itself needs to be studied from an interdisciplinary and life course perspective, to inform strategies for reducing the societal and individual costs of an ageing population.

This meeting brings together investigators of maturing birth cohort and ageing studies, crosscutting methodologists, and experts in ageing research. Many have been working together on two research networks that use cohort studies for the scientific discovery of lifetime influences on ageing: Healthy Ageing across the Life Course (HALCyon) led by Professor Diana Kuh and the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Ageing (IALSA) network led by Professor Scott Hofer. The speakers will draw on the results of these collaborations in their presentations.

Topics covered will include:

Professor Scott Hofer, (Mohr Research Chair in Adult Development and Aging, University of Victoria) will give a keynote lecture.

For attendees of the SSM Conference

Member of the SSM rates

Non member rates

Please note: if you are only attending one of the pre-conference meetings and not the rest of the SSM Conference then there is an additional charge of £25. This is to cover the cost of handling your booking.

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