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Age Friendly Workplaces


The question of what is needed to adapt culturally to an ageing society has become a policy priority both nationally and internationally. And while consensus appears to have been reached on the need to encourage people to work longer, this has often focussed on the stick of pension eligibility rather than the carrot of improvements to working life. In this presentation some of the reasons for creating workplaces that are both age friendly and age diverse are critically explored.  The presentation will draw on recent work undertaken by the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Ageing Societies to explore some of the arguments being put forward in two areas. The first includes factors that suggest the productive value of older workforces, the second a proposed set of ‘business principles’ for age friendly workplaces.


Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy, University of Melbourne, Australia

Simon has worked as a Community Psychologist and for the UK Social Work Council before joining Keele University as Professor of Social Gerontology. He was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University in 2002, and the UK representative on the European Union’s Masters in Gerontology Programme 2002-2004.   From 2004- 2010 he was Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London UK. Since Sept 2010, he has worked in Australia in his current position. He has a number of continuing international links including the Universities of Heidelberg, Helsinki, University College Dublin and at King’s College London. He has participated in EU, Australian and Canadian Government briefings on population ageing, dignity in later life and on elder protection and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies.

Recent research has included World Health Organisation’s ‘Age friendly cities’ project; Economic and Social Research Council study of baby boomers; uses of adaptive technology in later life, the first national prevalence study of elder abuse and neglect in the UK; Australian research on mature-age workers (Australian Research Council), on intergenerational relationships (Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation), peri-urban growth (Vic Health) and  social aspects of dementia (National Health &Medical Research Council) .

His interests include the relationship between social identity and adult ageing, including the analysis of international and national social policy andthe changing adult life-course. Written work has extended to: community care policies; technologies of self, such as counselling and psychotherapy in later life; midlife and maturity; intergenerational relationships; spirituality and ageing; lifestyles and retirement communities; public policy toward old age; social theory and ageing.

Simon Biggs Age Friendly Workplaces: Seminar 12th June 2014

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