[Impending closure of early registration] Conference “Histories of Healthy Ageing” (Groningen, 21-23 June 2017; early registration closing 1 May)

Early registration for the conference “Histories of Healthy Aging”, which takes place in Groningen from June 21 through 23, will close on May 1.

As Western populations grow increasingly older, ‘healthy ageing’ is presented as one of today’s greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary successful ageing has a long history. 

The conference Histories of Healthy Ageing is based on the assumption that ‘healthy ageing’ has informed the medical agenda since Antiquity. With ‘healthy ageing’ we refer to ways of thinking about and treating the body not only from a medical perspective, but also taking into account questions of what constitutes a happy and fulfilled life. In particular these latter issues were central to medicine before 1800 and relate to healthy living as much as to questions connected specifically to old age. Thus whether we speak of classic ways of training the athlete’s body, medieval religious rites, the pre-modern obsession with regimen (rules for living a healthy life), or the upper-class fancy to visit spas, at the root of it all was a wish for wellbeing, health and longevity.


“Early bird” registration at a reduced rate is available until April 14. For registration, the conference programme and current information, visit www.historiesofhealthyageing.nl.