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Aging well? 


  • Frieder Lang, Institute of Psychogerontology, Germany


  • Yuval Palgi, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Eef Hogervorst, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Theresa Scott , The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Jeanyung Chey, Seoul National University, South Korea


Aging well is without a doubt one of the universally shared ambitions of people around the world and is now a central topic in the United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging. In this panel, we discuss what “aging well” is, what it means for individual persons, their families, communities, and society, and how the concept has evolved and developed in the scientific discourse since its beginnings and in the previous years. Is it universal in the sense that all people share the same idea of what aging well is? Are the often-used adjectives such as successful, active, or healthy still relevant and why? Is it a static or dynamic concept that changes throughout one’s life? What are the most relevant factors of aging well? Is it something purely subjective? Can we measure it objectively and does such a measurement make sense? What can be done on a personal level and how can governments help to fulfil this ambition and what hinders it? These and other questions will be addressed.

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