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Congress on Senior Citizens and Society in Heidelberg: “Knowledge Born of Experience”

28 August 2007

5 October 2007: "Knowledge Born of Experience — How Senior Citizens Benefit Society” (Great Hall of the New University, Heidelberg) — Opening by Federal minister von der Leyen at 10 a.m. — University extends a cordial invitation to all those interested in the subject


One of the most important challenges posed by demographic change is how to draw upon the strengths and assets of older people for the benefit of society as a whole. At one level, this issue is a matter of concern for the world of work, as in future companies and enterprises will need to maintain their competitiveness with older workers. Equally challenged are local governments, associations and organisations called upon to pay greater heed to the needs, abilities and interests of senior citizens in their social participation schemes. Individuals will also need to enhance their skills in planning for old age.

The congress will proceed on the basis of the Federal government’s Fifth Report on Senior Citizens to inquire how the strengths and assets of older people can be enhanced and made use of by society. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on 5 October by the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Ursula von der Leyen, the State Councillor for Demographic Change of the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Rector of the University of Heidelberg.

From different disciplinary perspectives, renowned scholars and scientists from Germany and elsewhere will be discussing the knowledge that experienced senior citizens have at their disposal and its uses in the working world, in civil society and in inter-generational dialogue. There will be ample time for an exchange of views. One of the aims of the congress is to come up with socio-political recommendations.

The event is angled at scientists and scholars, political decision-makers and representatives of companies, business enterprises, associations and organisations. It is also open to all those (of whatever generation) interested in issues connected with demographic change and aging.

Further information obtainable from
Traute Odenwälder
Institute of Gerontology
University of Heidelberg

General inquiries from journalists should be addressed to
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Public Information Officer
University of Heidelberg

Irene Thewalt
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 542317
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