International conference: Histories of healthy ageing
21-06-2017 09:00 23-06-2017 17:00 University of Groningen


International conference, University of Groningen, 21–23 June 2017

As Western populations grow increasingly older, healthy ageing is presented as one of today's greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary, successful ageing has a long history. The conference Histories of Healthy Ageing questions concepts and (medical) practices related to health, happiness and longevity.

The conference programme includes a Practitioner's Session, chaired by Jane MacNaughton (Durham), with Paul Jutte (UMCG) on orthopedic care, Erik Buskens (UMCG) on social responsibility, and Gerjan Navis (UMCG) on nutrition and healthy ageing.

During the conference the provocative exhibition Gelukkig Gezond! Histories of Healthy Ageing officially opens at the Groningen University Museum.

Keynote lectures focus on the 6 areas already defined by Hippocrates as basis of health management and disease prevention:

- Rina Knoeff (Groningen) on Airs, Waters & Places

- Elizabeth Williams (Oklahoma) on Food & Drink

- Onno van Nijf (Groningen) on Exercise & Rest

- William MacLehose (UC London) on Sleeping & Waking

- Michael Stolberg (Würzburg) on Retention & Excretion

- Irina Metzler (Swansea) on Passions of the Soul

Thanks to generous funding, the registration costs for PhD and Master students has been reduced to €50 for attendance to the 3-day conference, drinks, lunches, and exhibition party.

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