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Thursday Three - 2021 10 21

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~ Can we die of old age? Debate @ 2021 AAG Conference

~ AAG Conference Workshop - Know and show what you are worth - Measuring and demonstrating your impact

~ AAG Collaborating Research Centre (CRC) Aged Care Research Round Table

Can we die of old age? Debate @ Conference

The debate over how much longer we can live continues to be informed by governments, scientists and those with a vested interest in reversing ageing. However, from a biological and genetic perspective the evidence still stands that the fixed rate of biological ageing from adulthood has not changed. Increases in life expectancies are largely due to reductions in mortality at younger ages, rather than a slowing of the ageing processes across adult life.

In contrast to this population evidence, longevity science holds there are many ways to slow the ageing process, and that therefore ageing is a fatal disease. Recognising this view, but arguing strongly that they are not calling ageing a disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced an ‘Ageing-related’ code in the draft of the International Classification of Diseases 11th Edition. Whilst there is clear merit in classifying age-related diseases to support the development of therapeutic interventions and preventative strategies, what is not clear is the separation of ageing as a condition that can be cured, and that people can be prevented from simply ‘dying of old age’1.

The 2021 President’s Symposium at the 2021 AAG Conference aims to bring some informed debate around the concepts of ageing into this discussion, including from bio-psycho-social, evolutionary biology and molecular/genetics perspectives, as well as the epidemiological and human rights perspective.

Thought leaders will explore the concept of ageing, namely: Professor Damian Dowling, a biologist who studies the evolutionary processes that shape ageing; A/Professor Matt Piper, explores molecular mechanisms affecting lifespan and the effects of dietary restriction; and Professor Julie Byles, Co-Chair of the International Longevity Centre – Global Alliance

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AAG CRC Aged Care Research Round Table

Many of AAG's 18 Collaborating Research Centres (CRCs) met on 7th of October to discuss priorities for Aged Care research for the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, and the Minister for Health and Aged Care.

Discussions were framed by (but not limited to) the five pillars of reform announced in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety findings:

~ Home care – in-home support and care based on assessed needs

~ Residential aged care services and sustainability – improving service suitability that ensures individual care needs and preferences are met

~ Residential aged care quality and safety – improving access to and quality of residential care

~ Workforce – growing a bigger, more highly skilled, caring and values-based workforce; and

~ Governance – new legislation and stronger governance

The findings of the discussions will be share with the Dept of Health to inform a national aged care strategy.

AAG's CRCs was established in 2011 with the purpose of providing a united national voice with opportunities for collaboration on issues for ageing research and built on previous work in this area.

Click here for more information about AAG CRC

SECG & ERA joint workshop and many more!

Know and show what you are worth - Measuring and demonstrating your impact’ with Dr Narelle Tunstall and Hugh Kearns is an exciting workshop from the AAG Student and Early Career Group (SECG) and Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) for the 54th AAG Conference.

The workshop is from 10.30am to 12pm (AEDT) on Friday 5 November.

Given the impacts of the pandemic there is something for everyone and registrations are going fast. Please be aware that these workshops will not be recorded, so register now.

This year there are eight exciting workshops all of which are covered by your 2021 AAG Conference – Digital Pass. The workshops covering a broad range of topics and format with both Australia and International presenters on the 27th, 28th October 9th and 17th of November.

Click here for more information on all workshops and how to register


2021 Oct SECG Blog - Have you registered for the 2021 AAG Conference? - Danielle Cave and Dr Jed Montayre

Summary of SECG events at the 2021 Conference

CLOSING FRI 22 Oct - Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) offering 2021 Conference Bursaries

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'Thursday Three' is AAG’s Weekly Update for members and friends of AAG. It aims to provide you with an engaging weekly snapshot of news and activities from AAG and beyond through three short 'bites'. If you missed previous editions, click here for the summaries and links .

AAG's purpose is to improve the experience of ageing through connecting research, policy and practice. Why not join in? For more information, email Michael Tan at AAG.

Australian Association of Gerontology acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including members of the Stolen Generations. For further information see AAG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG)

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