Launching the King’s Centre for Global Ageing

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The Institute of Gerontology (IoG) in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine (SSHM) at King’s College London (KCL) launched the King’s Centre for Global Ageing on Monday the 16th of May 2016. The aim of the Centre is to increase our understanding of global issues facing ageing societies in three critical but relatively neglected areas: medical innovations for chronic conditions, families and communities, and work, retirement and health. Within each of these three areas it advances knowledge of social inequalities within and across countries, and of policy responses in order to improve the lives of older people.

The presentations generated considerable discussion and interest from a lively audience with representatives from most of the major UK based non-governmental organisations with interests in ageing populations (e.g. HelpAge International, Age International, International Longevity Centre, and Age UK) and many alumni of the IoG who are now in positions of influence. The event was chaired by Professor Nikolas Rose, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department for Social Science, Health & Medicine. Presenters included Professor Martin Prince, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, Head of the Department of Health Service and Population Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience who discussed the rising need for care around the world given rapid increases in the number of people with dementia; Dr. Mauricio Avendano-Pabon, Reader in Global Ageing in SSHM who highlighted the importance of policy responses across the lifecourse as investments in early and mid-life are critical for later life health; and Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram, Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy and also in SSHM, who discussed the importance of addressing justice and fairness in policy responses to global ageing. An introduction to the Centre outlining its ethos and ambition was given by Professor Karen Glaser, Professor of Gerontology and the Centre’s Director.

The keynote address was given Professor Alexandre Kalache, who, among many other roles is Co-President, International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance and President, ILC-Brazil, as well as Senior Advisor on Global Aging, the New York Academy of Medicine, and HelpAge International Global Ambassador on Ageing. If anyone had doubts about the Centre’s necessity, the speech from Professor Kalache would have laid them to rest – demographic transformations are affecting the lives of everyone across the lifecourse and globally will challenge the basic structures and assumptions of both welfare state and non-welfare state societies.

The presentations from the event are now available on the Centre’s website at: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/KCfGA/Kings-Centre-For-Global-Ageing.aspx

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Launching the King’s Centre for Global Ageing

WHEN: Monday, 16 May 2016 from 14:00 to 19:00 (BST)
WHERE: THE COUNCIL ROOM – KING’S COLLEGE LONDON STRAND, LONDON, WC2R 2LS

The aim of the King’s Centre for Global Ageing is to increase our understanding of global issues facing ageing societies in three critical but neglected areas:  medical innovations for chronic conditions, family and community change, and transformations in work and retirement. Please join us to hear more about the King’s Centre for Global Ageing and a Keynote Address by:

Professor Alexandre Kalache, MD, PhD
– Co-President, International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance and President, ILC-Brazil
– Senior Advisor on Global Aging, the New York Academy of Medicine
– HelpAge International Global Ambassador on Ageing

 

Programme

14:00-14:30

Coffee and tea

14:30-14:35

Welcome

Professor Nikolas Rose, Head of Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London, Chair

14:35-14:45 

King’s Centre for Global Ageing

Professor Karen Glaser, Director of the Institute of Gerontology, Director of CfGA, Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London (KCL)

14:45-15:05

Improving Support and Care for Frail and Dependent Older People in Low and Middle income Countries

Professor Martin Prince, Head of Department Health Service and Population Research, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), KCL, and joint Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

15:05-15:25  

The impact of Work and Retirement Policies on Healthy Ageing

Dr. Mauricio Avendano-Pabon, Social Science, Health & Medicine, KCL

15:25-15:45 

Social justice Philosophy and Responses to Ageing Societies

Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram, Social Science, Health & Medicine, KCL

15:45-16:55

Keynote: Responding to the Global Longevity Revolution – Key Policy Issues

Professor Alexandre Kalache

16:55-17:00     

Closing Remarks

17:00-19:00      

Drinks reception – River Room

 

Notes. Alexandre Kalache, MD, PhD Co-President, International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance and President, ILC-Brazil, is a specialist in age-related issues. Dr. Kalache also serves as Global Ambassador of HelpAge International, Senior Advisor at the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as sitting on numerous boards ranging from the World Economic Forum to the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Dr. Kalache’s expertise is in the epidemiology of ageing and the life-course, inter-sectoral policy development (including age-friendly initiatives), health promotion, old-age care, human rights and migration within the context of ageing as well as the more general cultural complexities of the world-wide longevity revolution.

Following his medical training in Brazil, and then his MSc and PhD in the United Kingdom, Dr. Kalache held research and teaching positions at the Universities of Oxford and London for almost twenty years. During this time he founded the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1983) and created the first European Masters degree in Health Promotion (1991).

From 1995 to 2008 Dr. Kalache directed the World Health Organisation’s global ageing and lifecourse programme in Geneva. During his thirteen years at the WHO he launched theActive Ageing Policy Framework (2002) and the global movement on Age-Friendly Cities(2007) among many other enduring initiatives.

Dr. Kalache has a long history of advocacy on the human rights of older persons. He is actively involved in the process of the adoption of the United Nation’s Convention for the Rights of Older Persons. He has served as a Special Adviser to the Brazilian Secretary of Human Rights, Brazilian Mission to the UN in New York in addition to the International Alliance of NGOs for the Rights of Older Persons.