The challenges that a rapidly growing ageing population bring will be considered this week for the latest installment of Café Med.
Professor Phyo Myint, Professor in Old Age Medicine (Clinical), and Dr Roy Soiza, Consultant Geriatrician and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, will describe their research during the penultimate event of the series.
Dr Soiza outlined the upcoming discussion: “Although the ageing population is often portrayed as a major problem, we will argue that it is very much a continuing success story that ought to be welcomed and embraced, even if it means major changes, particularly for the practice of medicine.
“We will discuss the implications of the ageing population for our health services and medicine in general and we will outline some of the local research and health service innovations in this area that will help meet the challenges ahead.”
Professor Myint added: “Population ageing poses significant challenges to health services and society as a whole, but is also a sign of success and improved health and survival.
“During our Café Med talk we will discuss how medical research and clinical services are handling the challenges of ever increasing human longevity.
The ‘A bright grey future?’ event is part of the popular Café Med discussion series and will be held at the Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre , Foresterhill from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 25 April. These free events, led by the Public Engagement with Research Unit at The University of Aberdeen, provide a chance for the public to join informal discussions with leading figures in medicine and biosciences.
More details about the Café MED series can be found at www.engagingaberdeen.co.uk.