Reminder: Conference & Exhibition “Histories of Healthy Ageing” (Groningen)

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, which takes place in Groningen from June 21st through 23rd 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.


For registration, the conference programme and current information, visit


Please find attached an invitation to the opening of the exhibition Gelukkig Gezond! Histories of Healthy Ageing at the Groningen University MuseumThe exhibition is on the history of the six non naturals, the areas defined by Hippocratic writers as the basis of health management and disease prevention. These six factors were very popular before 1800 and again today in the Healthy Ageing discourse. The exhibition is part of the NWO vidi project Vital Matters and set up in cooperation with colleagues from Ancient History and Medieval History.

You are invited to attend the opening of the exhibit in Groningen on June 21st at 1800 hrs. Download this leaflet (PDF) for more information and click here to register for the opening.