The challenges of ageing
Chair: Daniel Glaser
The quest for an elixir of youth is never-ending. Yet there are surprising predictors linked to longer and more enjoyable lives: how much one earns, how healthy one is and how one spends one's time. Neuroscientist Daniel Glaser discusses the joys and injustices of growing old with health equity expert Michael Marmot and the authors of two new books on ageing, Lynne Segal and Anne Karpf.
Anne Karpf is a writer, sociologist and award-winning journalist. Her books include The War After: Living with the Holocaust, The Human Voice and How to Age. A regular broadcaster, she contributes columns on social, political and cultural issues to The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and other publications. She is Reader in Professional Writing and Cultural Inquiry at London Metropolitan University.
Michael Marmot is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL and Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity. He has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. His research has been devoted to establishing the chain of disease causation from the social environment to risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.
Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. She has written a number of books including Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Men; Changing Masculinities; Straight Sex: the Politics of Pleasure; Why Feminism: Gender, Psychology, Politics and Making Trouble: Life and Politics. She co-wrote Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism with Sheila Rowbotham and Hilary Wainwright, updated 2013. Her latest book is Out of Time: the Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing.
Daniel Glaser is Director of Science Gallery London at King's College London. Until 2013 he was Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust.
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