The new aging - in style

How do we want to design our future? How to prepare our society? These questions play a central role in the program The new aging - in style, the second episode of Careful Designs @ Waag Open Space. Presented by journalist and author Tracy Metz, with guests like Fleur Thomése, Dick van Dijk & Sabine Wildevuur (authors of the book Connect: Design for an Empathic Society), trend & innovation consultant Jacomine van Veen and the initiators of the Dutch city communities called Stadsdorpen.

The prospects are clear: we will probably live longer. The number of people aged 65 and up will increase enormously over the next few decades. Society will change as a result, but in what manner? Europe - and, in fact, probably the world - faces the challenge of preventing loneliness and isolation amongst a growing group of senior people. The oldest part of the population is at particular risk of becoming isolated and lonely as they grow older and their work-related networks erode. While working in the field of technology and aging, the authors discovered that there is a whole new field to be explored, namely the phenomenon of connectedness.

This evening is Dutch spoken.

19.30 Introduction by Tracy Metz
19.40 Fleur Thomése (sociology, VU) about the role of elderly in our society
19.55 Trends by trend & innovation consultant Jacomine van Veen
20.15 Inspiring initiatives by Sabine Wildevuur and Dick van Dijk
20.30 The needs of elderly by Stadsdorp Nieuwmarkt & Zuid
20.45 Wrap-up and discussion moderated by Tracy Metz
21.00 Drinks