Debating Ageing: A Transdiciplinary Engagement Forum
'Expanding the Imaginarium of Ageing through Cultural Gerontology'
This is the fourth event in the 'Debating Ageing' series at UCD examining the biological, medical, psychological, social and cultural factors that can facilitate positive experiences of old age. Professor Desmond O'Neill, consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine and Professor in Medical Gerontology, Tallaght University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin will talk on Cultural Gerontology.
Prof Desmond O’Neill is a geriatrician and stroke physician at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research centres on gerontology and the neurosciences, with a strong emphasis on the humanities. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and is a co-founder and past-president of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society www.eugms.org, and currently the Chair of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America and co-chair of Medical and Health Humanities at TCD.
He is the Chair of the National Centre for Arts and Health an has worked with a number of cultural agencies and institutions to develop the concepts of arts, ageing and health. He helped develop the first course for artists in health care in Ireland, has broadcast on Lyric FM (Ireland’s classical music station), and is an active contributor to national media. He was awarded the All-Ireland Inspirational Life Award in 2010 for advancing the cause of older people in Ireland