Can we live longer, better?
HeadSpace2018 was a two-day celebration of scientific and creative investigation into brain health and dementia held in Trinity College Dublin in Spring 2018.
While we grow old in different ways, the brain is especially sensitive to external influence and aging. Poverty, housing and education have huge effects on health. As does access to healthcare, isolation, social connectedness and personal security. It’s estimated these social determinants account for 50% of disease and mortality. By 2041, 22% of the population with be 65 or older. Healthcare alone can’t solve the issues an aging population presents.
Planning for and improving the lives of older people needs:
- Creative thinking and collaborative effort
- Champions across society and government
- Many voices and communities contributing to new scientific discoveries, innovations and cultural change
The event invited people to bring their lived and learnt experience to the forum. Conversations focused on:
- How do we change?
- What can we do, today?
- Where is innovation creating tomorrow’s solutions?
Through conversations about caring communities, research and cultural solutions, Headspace 2018 informed, engaged, entertained and inspired.