Research Seminar: Creative Ageing: Has our time come?

The University of Derby’s Creative Ageing Research Cluster invite you to attend a seminar on ‘Creative Ageing: Has our time come? Developments in politics, policy and understanding’ with Paul Cann (Age UK Oxfordshire) and Alexandra Coulter (Arts & Health South West).

We’ve added years to life but have we added life to years? The answer is very mixed globally, with dramatic population ageing being regarded with scepticism, indifference and growing fear: as a demographic timebomb rather than a demographic triumph. But living longer could be a win for all, if we can respond with the right and opportunities to give people added life and fulfillment as they grow older.

Creative Ageing: Has our time come? will introduce policies on ageing, health, care and other policy arenas and highlight the crucial potential role of the creative arts, and major impacts of participation on physical and mental health, including the important opportunities this creates. Focusing on ‘Creative Health’, the exciting report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, the seminar will consider ‘what’s next?’ for advocacy and evidence.

“We do not cease to play beacuse we grow old; we grow old beacuse we cease to play”.

From 2000 Paul Cann was Director of Policy and External Relations at Help the Aged, Chief Executive af Age UK Oxfordshire (2009-16), and chaired the National Public Policy of Age UK. His work with older people has focused on the challenges of poverty, social esclusion, dignity in care, ageism, and loneliness. Paul is Chair-designate of Entelechy Arts, Chair of The Rodolfus Foundation and Full Circle, and Trustee of Sound Resource.

Alex Coulter has been Director of Arts & Health South West (AHSW) since 2010. She has been working in arts and health since 1998 and was the Arts Coordinator at Dorset County Hospital for 15 years. AHSW is a regional networking, advocacy and support organisation with over 2000 members. Alex provides the sceretariart for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and is project managing the Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Tickets are FREE for this seminar but booking is essential. Please click to REGISTER for this seminar.

This forms part of a series of seminars held by the University’s cross-college, interdisciplinary research cluster focusing on themes around arts and health, social gerontology and dementia, an initiative of our Arts & Health Centre of Excellence.

For more information on other seminars in the series, please click on the links below or email :

– Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

– Dancing with Shadows

– Dogs and the Elderly

– New technologies & the active ageing

Follow the seminar series on Twitter using #TalkCreativeAgeing

For more information about the Creative Ageing Research Cluster, please email Emily Bradfield