The next Edinburgh Network meeting will take place as usual within the offices of the Saltire Society, Fountain Close (accessed via the vennels off the High Street opposite the Storytelling Centre).
A provocation, entitled Challenging Perceptions of Ageing, will be made by RSA Fellow Jenni Inglis, with, it is hoped, another by an academic social policy expert. Jenni will elaborate on the Edgewise Society, a new venture, and has offered two questions for discussion:
What would it take for us to instead see our ageing society as a gift and for all older people to be treated and feel like an asset?
What if we are living longer for a reason, e.g. as Professor Bob Keegan suggests that ageing societies are actually a planetary immune system? adding "Aging is problematised in society; we hear a lot about how difficult it will be to afford pensions and social care. At the same time the experience of today's older generations is diverse and not always positive. For example 10% of those aged over 65 are lonely, climbing to and 46% of over those over 80".
Jenni suggests pre-event reading of Dr Jonathan Rowson's post on the RSA website about this subject. Find it here. There will also be a potential mini-project for brainstorming.
Please do book your place via this page; early registration is advised on account of the venue size.
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Packard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The Saltire Society, 22 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1TF