7th IARU Graduate Student Conference
Aging, Longevity and Health – New Frontiers and Perspectives, 30 October - 2 November 2020
The University of Cape Town, the only IARU member in the global South, virtually hosted the annual Aging, Longevity and Health graduate student conference from 30th September to 2nd October 2020, with 21 graduate presenters from IARU member universities. The conference showcased and presented innovative research with a strong focus on research being conducted on the African continent, particularly southern Africa.
The over-arching theme of the conference was Healthy ageing: research, strategies and actions with the following broad themes:
- New technologies and ageing with a focus on health;
- Long-term care systems, social and health care; and
- Dementia, HIV and ageing.
A panel discussion was conducted titled: Protecting an ageing population during COVID-19. Two student groups competed in a design-thinking challenge, whose theme was Potential impact of technology on mental health among the elderly.