British Society of Gerontology - The Ageing Jigsaw: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Ol (bsg2006)

Venue: University of Wales, Bangor

Location: Bangor, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 07, 2006 End Date/Time: Sep 09, 2006
Registration Date: Aug 21, 2006
Early Registration Date: May 31, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2006
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The British Society of Gerontology (BSG) has been set up since 1971 and aims to promote the understanding of human ageing and later life through research and communication. The Society seeks to foster the application of this knowledge to the improvement of the quality of life in old age.

The conference is an important tool in achieving the BSG’s aim. The conference promotes the exchange of ideas and information and provides a venue for informal and formal presentations and creates opportunities for members to publish and disseminate their work.

This years conference is focus on the multidisciplinarity of gerontology research and aims to bring together a wide range of perspectives on the subject, which although taking a social pespective will also encompass mental health, health (including biomedical approaches) and well-being.The themes of the conference are as follows:

• Ageing and multidisciplinarity: new methods for researching later life
• Participatory practice with older people
• Population ageing: societal adaptation to changing demography
• Cross cultural and international perspectives on ageing
• Health, social care and well-being
• Dimensions of housing and home: the psychological, geographical, physical and technological environment in later life
• Material resources: pensions, income and employment
• Health promotion, leisure and activities
• Mental health, dementia, cognition
• Informal support and intra- and intergenerational relationships in later life
• Theorising later life
• The voluntary sector and older people
• Policy and practice for old age

Conference delegates will come from a variety of backgrounds, but will all have an interest in Gerontology. Indeed one of the benefits of the conference is that a diverse group of teachers, researchers, practitioners and policy makers in gerontology and gerontological issues, along with older people themselves, meet and bring together a wide variety of perspectives.

At this years conference we are expecting between two hundred and fifty and three hundred delegates to attend. The conference will last three days and consist of a series of sessions and symposia. In total 182 Scientific Papers will be presented, as well as five plenary sessions which will be delivered by five internationally acclaimed keynote speakers:
Christine Fry - Anthropologist, Emeritus Professor from University of Arizona, USA
Julian Tudor Hart - GP from South Wales
John Griffiths - Assembly Member with responsibility for older people
Prof Clare Wenger - Emeritus Professor from CSPRD, University of Wales, Bangor - multi-disciplinary perspective
Steve Zarit - Professor of Human Development, Penn State Home Page Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Penn State University, USA).

By promoting the communication of research results, ideas and theories we hope to raise the awareness of gerontology throughout the community. From this we hope that the research conducted will be used to improve the quality of life of the elderly with in the worldwide community.


Bangor, North Wales
United Kingdom