Age-friendly Universities – an inevitable movement to face the longevity revolution

Age-friendly Universities – an inevitable movement to face the longevity revolution

The President of ILC-BR, Alexandre Kalache, delivered the opening key note to the 2nd International Conference on Age-friendly Universities at Dublin City University (DCU).  The conference, entitled “Engaging Ageing: New Frontiers of Ageing – Research, Policy and Practice, took place on March 13 and 14 and was held in collaboration with international partners in education representing Europe, North America, Canada, and South Korea.

DCU was the first third-level institution to adopt the concept and principles of an Age-Friendly University in 2012 and has committed to lead and highlight the role that universities can play in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with the ageing demographic of the 21st century. The conference brought together institutes of higher education, policy makers, government and civic society to share, debate and explore new frontiers of ageing across a broad range of themes. Alexandre Kalache’s keynote address was followed by parallel sessions with keynotes, among others, from Prof. Des O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin, Prof. Andrew Sixsmith of Simon Fraser University (Canada) and Prof. Ruth Finkelstein of the Brookdale Centre on Aging (USA).

The conference was followed by a meeting of the core members of the movement to discuss the future of Age-Friendly Universities.

Link to the conference website: https://www.dcu.ie/agefriendly/About-Engaging-Ageing-2018.shtml