This year’s National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Summit will hear from a range of experts about key social, economic, and policy debates about Australia’s intergenerational future, followed by a showcase of innovative research programs aimed at supporting wellbeing in older people.
“Intergenerational relationships are key to older people’s wellbeing,” NARI Executive Director, Professor Briony Dow, said.
“We think it’s particularly timely, given how family relationship dynamics have shifted due to extended lockdowns and restrictions, that we take a critical look at the socio-economics of intergenerational relationships, and how we can ensure programs and policies are in place to support older Australians in the future.”
NARI will also launch a Discussion Paper authored by NARI Ambassadors, Dr Don Edgar and Dr Patricia Edgar, at this year’s Summit, which analyses generational conflicts and how to create a more positive intergenerational future.
“More than one in five Australians are living in multi-generational households… this adds to the diversity and complexity of daily living, particularly since the advent of COVID-19,” the Edgars say.
The Edgars’ paper – Our Intergenerational Future: Co-operation Not Conflict – argues that the repeated assertion that there is a conflict between ‘Baby Boomers’ and ‘Millennials’ is “based on inaccurate assumptions and is damaging socially when the nation faces an ageing population that is increasingly multi-generational”.
The Edgars call “for a more nuanced discussion of ‘the ageing problem’, or the so-called ‘intergenerational conflict’, and for policies aimed at removing inequality across the entire system”.
The Summit will also feature a presentation from Dr Stephanie Ward, the consultant geriatrician on the hit ABC TV series ‘Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds’. The show, which brings together people living in a retirement community with a group of 4-year-olds, has been widely praised for highlighting the important role of intergenerational connection in the health and wellbeing of older people.
Other speakers at this year’s NARI Annual Summit are:
- Professor Colleen Doyle, speaking about how motivation to volunteer differs by age;
- Professor Pazit Levinger, on age-friendly outdoor spaces to promote wellbeing in older people;
- Associate Professor Jenny Waycott, who will discuss immersive virtual reality, which is being used as an enriching experience for people living in residential aged care; and
- Paulene Mackell, who has researched how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Art Centres support their Elders to remain strong and connected.
Further information and to book your place – www.nari.net.au/Event/nari-annual-summit-051121