The Selfish Generation?
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About The Event
General Tickets £4, Concessions £3
Older people are the fastest growing demographic in western European society and ‘population ageing’ is a global phenomena. People are living longer but very often this means living with complex health conditions which require health and care resources. At a time of acute public spending cuts and financial crisis in the NHS and social care older people’s needs are seen as a burden on the rest of society.
Young men are often vilified in the media as dangerous and in general parlance young people are frequently expected to be rude, solipsistic and dismissive of others. Younger people feel their opinions are not taken seriously by those in authority and their views about politics are often dismissed as being naive.
Recent controversies about pensioners’ right to a free bus pass and TV license have been set against an urgent call to address the needs of younger adults who face crippling debt, insecure employment and a housing crisis. Brexit has certainly sharpened these hostilities, with older people more likely to have voted to leave and younger people to stay.
‘Baby boomers’ are accused of being ‘the selfish generation’, as having had it all, then leaving a ruined earth and little cash for the subsequent generations. By the same token Generation Z feel patronised and misrepresented.
Where do these simplistic generalisations and stereotypes about older and younger generations take us? How do we resist and challenge them? What fuels this intergenerational divide and who benefits from it?
Ageing is something that happens to all of us, today’s young people will themselves be part of an ageing population in the future. What do younger generations anticipate for their future and for their family members for whom they may well become responsible over time?
How can we build mutual understanding, value and respect between generations?
Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion, led by a panel of speakers of varying ages and expertise, where you can be sure to find out more.
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