This intimate seminar will examine the UK demographic, present topical research and examine the intrinsic value of arts and culture in relation to physical and mental wellbeing in later life.
Dr Daisy Fancourt, Dr George Leeson, Marcus Green, Paul Cann (Chair) and Professor Sarah Harper will form our panel of experts and bring different perspectives to the event.
Biographical details of Panel:
Dr Daisy Fancourt
Daisy is a Wellcome Research Fellow in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London. Her research focuses on the effects of arts participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the use of the arts within clinical settings, and the impact of cultural engagement at a population level. Alongside her research, she has worked for over 7 years in the NHS, including at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital managing arts and clinical innovation programmes, working alongside clinicians to device interventions to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. She has also worked as a consultant to a range of hospitals and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the integration of the arts within patient pathways in primary, secondary and tertiary care. Daisy is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and the Deputy Chair of their Special Interest Group on Arts and Health. She also established and chairs the International Arts Health Early Career Research Network. She holds honorary positions in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and the Centre for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. Daisy is a BBC New Generation Thinker and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and has received awards from the British Science Association, British Academy, British Federation of Women Graduates, American Psychosomatic Society, Royal Society for Public Health and NHS England.
Dr George Leeson
George is Senior Research Fellow at Kellogg College and the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, which he joined in 2002. His main research interests are in the socio-demographic aspects of ageing populations and include the demographic inequalities of global ageing, the changing populations of Europe and Latin America, migration and migrants in Europe, causes and consequences of depopulation in Central and Eastern Europe, and future prospects for longevity. Dr Leeson directs the Institute's research networks in Latin America (LARNA) and in Central and Eastern Europe (EAST) and was appointed Visiting Professor of Demography at the University of Guanajuato-Leon in Mexico.
Marcus is the Senior Research Manager at Age UK and has previously worked for the Office for National Statistics and the Higher Education Academy. His educational background is in statistics and gerontology from the University of Southampton and he has a particular research interest in social networks and the use of health and care data to measure the value of out-of-hospital care services. He recently co-authored a paper on the Health and Care of Older People in England which received wide press coverage in the UK and was a core part of Age UK's influencing activity ahead of the March Budget 2017. He is also published on the topic of social networks in later life, including the disruptive effects of residential mobility and the compensatory interactions between types of social network amongst older LGBT adults. More recently he has been involved in the production of Age UK's Index of Wellbeing in Later Life along with leading quality of life and wellbeing academics in the UK.
Paul Cann (Chair)
Paul has led a range of voluntary organisations over the last 25 years, most recently as Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire. His campaigning work has included the tackling of pensioner poverty, working for improvements in pension provision and financial entitlement. In 2011 he was co-founder of the Campaign to End Loneliness, and he remains a member of its strategic Management Group. He is a charter member of the charity Independent Age, an Associate of the International Longevity Centre in 2016 and became an International Visiting Fellow at the Australian Association of Gerontology. Paul is a Board member of the social change agency the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi), Entelechy Arts, Full Circle, Sound Resource, and he is Chair-elect of the Rodolfus Foundation. His special interest is the impact of participation in creative arts on health, well-being and loneliness.
Professor Sarah Harper
Sarah is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford and the Co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing which she founded in 1997 with funding from the NIA. Sarah was appointed in 2014 to the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies and frameworks, and to the Directorship of the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 2017. Sarah chaired the UK government's Foresight Review on Ageing Populations, and the European Ageing Index Panel for the UNECE Population Unit. Her research was recognized by the 2011 Royal Society for Public Health: Arts and Health Research Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropology Institute and of the Royal Society of Arts.