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Life in Future Scotland: Growing Older

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 6pm to 8pm, at the Scottish Parliament

The Futures Forum continues its investigation into life in the future with a discussion on growing older in 2030 and beyond.

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Chaired by Ross Greer MSP, this session will consider the experience of growing older in Scotland, the challenges and opportunities for the future, and the question of how an older population may change Scottish society by 2030.

Professor David Bell from the University of Stirling will present on the Healthy Ageing in Scotland project, a longitudinal study of people aged 50+ in Scotland.  Professor Bell will then be joined in a panel-led discussion by writer Robin Lloyd-Jones and Rachael Tidmore from Communic18, exploring questions of inter-generational relations, the future for older workers, and cultural position of older people in Scotland.

This seminar forms part of the Life in Future Scotland series run in 2018 by the Futures Forum. Registration is through Eventbrite (an Eventbrite account is not required):


Professor David Bell has been Professor of Economics at Stirling University since 1990. He has also held numerous other roles, including as Budget Adviser to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament and Special Adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Labour Economics in Bonn and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Professor Bell is the Principal Investigator at Healthy Ageing in Scotland.

Robin Lloyd-Jones is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Having grown up in India and been educated in England, Robin moved to Scotland to work as an Education Adviser for Strathclyde Region and soon became part of the vibrant Scottish writing scene. Robin serve as President of the Scottish Association of Writers (1993-1996) and President of the Scottish Branch of PEN International (1997-2000). For several years, Robin was for several years a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Robin has recently published “Autumn Voices”, a book which examines creativity in later years. Based on interviews with 19 Scottish writers over the age of 70, including Sheena Blackhall, Alasdair Gray, Douglas Dunn and James Kelman, “Autumn Voices” explores how productivity and creativity can be extended well into later life, with the writers providing role models for future generation.

Rachael Tidmore is a member of Communic18, working as a co-design champion for the Year of Young People. The Year of Young People 2018 aims to celebrate Scotland’s young people, creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. It features a programme of high-profile events and projects taking place across the country.

As a member of Communic18, Rachael has been part of the team supervising the year’s six themes and helping to spread the word about the Year of Young People: participation, education, health and wellbeing, equality and discrimination, enterprise and regeneration, and culture.

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