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The future of ageing: Ageing better / Ageing badly?


11-13 Cavendish Square
The King's Fund
United Kingdom

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What might the future of ageing look like? We held a breakfast debate that explored the world of ageing better and the world of ageing badly.

This is the sixth event in our Breakfast event series, which aims to discuss and debate the topic of ageing. We want this series to bring together a wide range of people who are interested in the big issues related to ageing to raise the debate and start talking about ageing in a productive way.

This event is now fully booked. To join the waiting list for places, click on the 'Book now' link. The event will be live streamed from 9.00am on 27 February from our YouTube channel.

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Worlds of ageing better and ageing badly
The future of ageing: Ageing better / Ageing badly?

We're all living longer than ever before. A person aged 65 today can expect to live to 85, nearly ten years longer than their parents' generation. Medical advances combined with better public health and living standards have given us extra years of life. These advances offer a great opportunity for the economy, for society and for us as individuals.
Imagine two possible future scenarios: the world in which everyone ages better, and the world in which all inhabitants age badly. On one side is the utopia where we all live in good homes, which are in solid communities with great social connections, have a fulfilling job that gives us the means to live, and have taken steps to stay healthy. On the other side is a dystopian future in which everyone dreads their next birthday. Which would you rather live in?

In this breakfast debate we'll explore different scenarios in each world: the homes we live in, the work we do, how we’re able to move around and our health and social care. Join us as we explore what steps we’d need to take to avoid a world in which everyone ages badly and ensure that we all age better. 

  • Chair: Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School
  • Tom Wells, Government Office for Science
  • Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning, Newcastle University
  • Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
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Can't make it? The event will be live-streamed from our YouTube channel from 9:00am on 27 February 2019

Follow the event on Twitter
@Ageing_Better    #FutureofAgeing

Event overview
  • Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019
  • Arrive: 8:30am (complimentary refreshments and light breakfast available)
  • Start: 9:00am
  • Finish: 10:30am

Admission is free, booking essential.