The challenges of ageing

Anne Karpf, Sir Michael Marmot, Lynne Segal

25/02/2014 8:30 pm
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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

Anne Karpf is a columnist writer and sociologist. A regular broadcaster and contributor to national newspapers and magazines, she is a columnist in The Guardian and is the author of several books including The War AfterThe Human Voice and, most recently, How to Age.

Sir Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, President of the World Medical Association, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health and currently Bernard Lown Visiting Professor at Harvard.

Lynne Segal

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

Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist, currently Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. He was previously Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust and was a 2014 judge of the Man Booker Prize.

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