Ageing Globally - Ageing Locally: Planning for all our futures


Pension reform, later retirement, longer but often unhealthier lives, changing family structures, new models of welfare and care: across the world today, governments, businesses and civic society are searching for policies and answers in these areas to get to grips with one of the most profound social transformations in history - population ageing.

A major international conference, "Ageing Globally - Ageing Locally", taking place 2 & 3 November 2011, hosted by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) will address key issues arising from this global phenomenon.

By 2050, the world's population over 60 years old is forecast to reach 2 billion. On the island of Ireland by 2041, the number of people aged 75 and over is projected to reach almost 1 million with 30% of the population aged over sixty. This shift will deeply impact on the personal, social and economic spheres of every society in the 21st Century. How successfully this transition is managed around the world will shape everyone's experience of ageing in our increasingly interconnected world.

Each country must find its own answer to challenges brought by ageing populations. However, we can learn from each other and this conference will focus on exchanging ideas, successful strategies and practices.

Featuring a host of international experts as well as leading researchers and professionals from the ageing sector in the island of Ireland, this event will explore a number of issues including how different countries address challenges and opportunities of population ageing, why global ageing matters to Ireland and how policy makers, business and service providers can best plan for changing demographics.

Confirmed Key Speakers:

  • Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute for Health Equity (Marmot Inst.), Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants (World Health Organization), President of the British Medical Association 2010 - 2011
  • Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Head of the Department of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Centre for Successful Ageing, St. James's Hospital, Dublin
  • Professor Robert Stout, Professor Emeritus Geriatric Medicine
  • Professor Davis Coakley, Professor of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Alan Walker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology, University of Sheffield and Director of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme
  • Professor Anne Martin-Matthews, Scientific Director of the National Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia
  • Professor Peter Passmore, Professor of Ageing and Geriatric Medicine and Consultant Geriatrician, Queen's University Belfast and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Dr Stephen McConnell, Head of U.S Policy and Advocacy, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Washington DC.


For more information contact

Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland
Forestview, Purdy's Lane, Belfast BT8 7ZX
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9069 0066