Aging & Social Change: Twelfth Interdisciplinary Conference

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September 22, 2022 to September 23, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, Human Rights, Public Health, Research and Methodology

Aging & Society Research Network: a conference and journal founded in 2011, exploring the changing social dynamics of aging.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Economic and Demographic Perspectives on Aging

  • The economic impacts of aging communities
  • Working into older age; changes in productivity; attracting and managing an older workforce
  • Changes in consumption, income, and assets
  • Government economic policies, including taxation, welfare, social security
  • Increase in the demand and cost of health care
  • Economic status and the wellbeing of the elderly

Theme 2: Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging

  • Public health policies related to the aged
  • Defining and protecting the human rights of older people across populations and groups
  • Legal issues for older people – policy and practice
  • Age-friendly design for accessibility— initiatives for the public built environment, houses and retirement and care facilities
  • Civic engagement and volunteerism for the aged
  • Community programs for maintaining physical health, social wellbeing, and mental cognition into older age
  • Epidemiology of aging

Theme 3: Medical Perspectives on Aging, Health, Wellness

  • The biology and physiology of aging
  • Food and nutrition needs for the aging population
  • Brain function and cognition in the aged
  • Management of chronic and/or age-related disease
  • Identification and management of disease in specific populations
  • Regenerative and anti-aging medical interventions
  • Aging and sexual expression
  • Genetics and aging
  • Medications, dietary supplements and regulatory oversight

Theme 4: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging

  • The societal impact of population aging
  • Social support and networks
  • Family structure, relationships, and responsibilities
  • Spirituality, religious involvement, and mortality
  • Cultures of end-of-life care
  • Qualities of life for older people living in developing and developed countries
  • Historical and anthropological perspectives on social response to aging
  • Lifestyles of the aged
  • Culturally specific responses to the aging
  • Media representations of the aged
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