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 sociologist and award-winning journalist, contributing regularly to The Guardian and other publications. Her books include How to Age, translated into ten languages, an acclaimed family memoir The War After: Living with the Holocaust and How Women Can Save the Planet. She is Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University.

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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