Growing older without feeling old
30 November 2017
Sechenov University
Trubetskaya 8, Moscow
15:30 - 17:30
We have started to live longer and our quality of life has improved. We drink cleaner water, have enough food to eat and won't face many of the infectious diseases that wreaked havoc on the generations before us. The average life expectancy has doubled over the last 100 years. According to recent estimates, half of people over 65 that have ever lived on this planet are alive now.

Still, this positive trend has its own frightening consequences, which are clearly visible in developed countries nowadays.

"Will I become a powerless, half-deaf, half-blind old man living in suffering? Or are these the regular fears of a 50-year old man who expects the future to bring only the worst? What will I do over the next 40 years when my two daughters are all grown up and do not need my support anymore?"

These questions bother Rudi Westendorp, a gerontologist from Leiden University in the Netherlands and the author of 'Growing Older Without Feeling Old'. These concerns are also relevant to current Russian realities where it is almost impossible to find a job when you are over 50 and the knowledge and expertise gained 10 or 20 or 30 years ago proves irrelevant. At the same time adult children need their parents' help less and less. At his lecture, Professor Westendorp will share the latest scientific knowledge from various fields on how to deal with the changes happening in ageing bodies and how to live an active and fulfilling life.

Rudi Westendorp
Rudi Westendorp (born 1959) is a professor of geriatric medicine at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Copenhagen University, Denmark and the director of the interdisciplinary Center of Healthy Ageing, which examines the processes of getting older ranging from cells to society. He was the chair of the department of geriatric medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands from 2000-2014 and the founding director of the privately funded Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing (2007-2014), which pursues societal innovations to improve the quality of life for older people.
Westendorp has been awarded numerous national and international grants, has published more than 600 scientific articles and has supervised over 50 PhD students of which three have already been appointed full professorships. In 2014 he published the bestseller 'Growing Older Without Feeling Old', which has been translated into nine languages. He has also been endowed with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Newcastle in the UK (2009) and received a knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (2014).

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 15:30
Sechenov University
Trubetskaya 8, Moscow