HISTORIES OF HEALTHY AGEING, International conference, University of Groningen, 21–23 June 2017

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 questions concepts and (medical) practices related to health, happiness and longevity.

Many speakers at the conference, such Siglinde Clementi, Fabrizio Bigotti and Sarah Toulalan, focus on health, old age and longevity in the 17th century.

During the conference the exhibition Gelukkig Gezond! Histories of Healthy Ageing – on the history of the six Hippocratic non-naturals – officially opens at the Groningen University Museum.

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