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The Ferrero Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life of the elderly since 1983. It is committed to considering demographic changes and to viewing old age as a resource and a time for new opportunities.
Recent studies have revealed that we are experiencing a full-fledged demographic revolution worldwide: the rise in longevity brings with it new lifestyles, new consumer patterns, new generational challenges. Society is obligated to consider the existence of a new stage of life distinguished by important characteristics linked to the world of seniors. Institutions and organisations, including the media and academics, find themselves called to guarantee expert information on this new social demand.
It is precisely with this intent that the Ferrero Foundation has been organising international scientific conferences biyearly since 2013. The conferences are dedicated to ageing successfully and issues related to senility.
On 9, 10 and 11 November 2017, a new edition of the study days entitled "Successful ageing 2017: ageing opportunities" was held. The CME-accredited conference was organised in partnership with the Academy of Medicine in Turin and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
The study days were divided into four scientific sessions:
• Economy and Welfare
• Technology and Environment
The knowledge-sharing day on Saturday 11 November entitled "The science of longevity", involved a large and varied audience, much broader than the previous days.
Before the conference, a workshop on the European Lifepath research project was held at the Ferrero Foundation on 7 and 8 November. The Lifepath research project investigates the biological pathways underlying social differences in Healthy ageing (www.lifepathproject.eu).
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