Moderation: A. Kruse, Heidelberg; M. Gogol, Coppenbrügge
Beliefs of elderly people as well as younger ones about ageing are mainly influenced by the way as culture define the role of ageing and aged people in societies. In Western societies this views are often negative and deterministic. In the first talk an initiative of various organizations in the USA systematically works on this topic and developed recommendations for a new public perception. Furthermore, the talk reports results from a comparison on narratives in the media and from ageing advocacy organizations. The second talk presents rationale and first results from the Echo Project, an initiative which focus on fostering encounter and conversation as well as learning from each other in an intergenerational approach. The project is performed through interviews in several communities in Germany to identify opportunities for care, attendance, transfer of knowledge and experience, conservation as well as the capability for joint activities.
Personal views, beliefs and anticipations as well as societal narratives are often transmitted by arts and humanities. In the third talk the experience about a research project with elderly patients with cognitive decline – a model of negative stereotyping of ageing today – which are brought in context of paintings in a museum as part of a management strategy are presented.
The last talk focuses on late life creativity of artists as well as of those with handicaps and show in general the potential of creativity and productivity in elderly and in handicapped persons. The talk contradicts the popular concept of a general decline in higher age.