‌Ageing into the Future

Tue, 28 May 2019 18:00:00 IST

Invitation to LECTURE 7: Ageing into the Future

This is the final event in the Debating Ageing series at UCD examining the biological, medical, psychological, social and cultural factors that can facilitate positive experiences of old age.


Professor David Prendergast (Maynooth University): "Ethnography, Design and Ageing in Place"

Professor Brian Caulfield (UCD): "Technology Enabled Ageing: Not necessarily how you had imagined it"

Dr Esther Murphy (TCD): "Our Lives, Our Way: Adults with Intellectual Disabilities as Innovators"


Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Venue: Conway Lecture Theatre (UCD)

Time: 6pm

(Tea & Coffee from 5.30pm)


Debating Ageing: A Transdisciplinary Engagement Forum


Ageing is an irreversible physiological process that happens in diverse social, cultural and economic settings. How well we age is determined by a myriad of factors, ranging from biology, access to healthcare, financial resources, education and lifestyle to other cultural factors that include how a society perceives and evaluates old age. While much of 20th century culture was defined by a cult of youth, the reality of life in the 21st century is increasing longevity and an ageing population that requires considerable medical, financial, social and other resources. Adapting to retirement, losing loved ones and friends, loneliness, mental health issues, and serious medical problems (such as chronic illness, poor nutrition, and increasing disability), in addition to facing death, are some of the existential challenges that ageing adults face.


Further to this, the ongoing debate about retirement age, pension provisions and the “drain” of the ageing population on resources underlines the intergenerational dimension of old age. On the other hand, older citizens continue to make invaluable contributions to the common good by, for example, providing childcare, disseminating their knowledge and wisdom, working for charities or mentoring younger people.

Our public engagement series aims to examine ageing as a complex phenomenon that requires a transdisciplinary frame of analysis. We propose to adopt a constructive approach that analyses the biological, medical, psychological, social and cultural factors that can facilitate positive experiences of old age. Lectures and workshops will involve academics from health sciences, social sciences, the humanities (including art history, literary disciplines, film studies, musicology, theology and history), medical humanities, psychology, and education while non-academic participants will include nurses and carers, NGOs, UCD in the Community and older adult community groups and people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are willing to reflect on their experience.


Jointly Presented by:

The UCD Humanities Institute, the UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, the UCD Conway Institute, the UCD Institute for Discovery and the UCD Geary Institute, UCD HRB Ignite Connect Programme