24/04/2013 - Prevention Strategies for Active and Healthy Aging


24 Apr 2013

ICAB nv, Witte Patersstraat 4, 1040 Brussels

This workshop focuses on primary prevention and on how much effort a society can ask of its citizens to protect them from the diseases of old age. Two international experts will share their thoughts on the biology of aging and on how to boost elderly people before they slide off to frailty. After zooming in on the specific case of Brussels, an open discussion will be held on the role of prevention in the field of healthy aging and quality of life.



Workshop chairs: Ivan Bautmans (VUB) & Thierry Pepersack (ULB)

13.30-14.10: Registration, coffee & welcome
14.10-15.00: David Gems (Director Institute for Healthy Aging, University College, London, UK) - The aging process as a point of intervention to protect against the diseases of old age
15:00-15:40: Tinie Kardol (Academic Chair Healthy Ageing, VUB, BE) - (RE)Boosting people before they slide off to frailty
15.40-16.00: Coffee & Tea break
16.00-16:40: CASE: Olivia Vanmechelen (Woonzorg/Homecare, BE) - Aging in Brussels
16.40-17.30: Closing discussion with speakers and participants1
7.30-18.30: Drinks and Networking


Registration price: 80 EUR / FREE for partners and students (student card number needed)

Bios / Slides

Ivan Bautmans is professor in Bio-Gerontology & Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he is head of the Frailty in Ageing research and the Gerontology department. He is board member (academic secretary) of the Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy board. Ivan Bautmans is an expert in the evaluation of muscular function and physical training of elderly persons and he is also trained in sEMG. His research is focused on researching the underlying mechanisms, prevention and treatment of muscle weakness and muscle atrophy at higher age, with particular interest for the role of inflammatory processes.

Thierry Pepersack is Head of the geriatric unit (Department of Internal Medicine) at the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels and Professor of Geriatrics at the Université Libre De Bruxelles (ULB). He is Fellow of the Lekime-Ropsy Foundation, Fellow of the Solvay Foundation, Fellow of the FRHUB (Fondation pour la Recherche à l’Hôpital Universitaire Brugmann and Fellow of the « Fundation for Psychogeriatrics. He received the Prix Louise Biernaux AMUB in 2004, the Honorary European Certificate of University Training in Social Work. Inter- University European Institute of Social Welfare in 2005 and the Prix Borgerhoff (International Association Gerontology & Geriatrics) in 2009.

David Gems is deputy director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London. He leads a research team that uses model organisms to understand the biology of aging and searches for ways to improve late-life health and well-being.
Developmental genetics has been his area of study for many years. Recentely he also started investigating the role of genes in determining longevity and ageing. A major focus of his current work is understanding the genes and biochemical processes by which reduced insulin/IGF-1 signaling and dietary restriction increase lifespan. Other interests include sex differences in the biology of ageing, evolutionary conservation of mechanisms of ageing, and bioethical implications of ageing research.

Tinie Kardol is a doctor in Health Sciences and professor in the field of Active Ageing at the Department of Adult Educational Sciences at Free University of Brussels. He is involved in research projects concerning: the implementation of moral case deliberation in care homes and nursing homes for the elderly; the organisation of GP care in care homes for the elderly and assisted living facilities; promoting family care and mutual service. He is also part of the Belgian Ageing Studies research group with the aim of introducing the needs assessment studies in the Netherlands.
Tinie Kardol is also involved in projects concerning the development of community care and he is the initiator of competence care, a new approach in elderly care. He takes part in European project concerning elderly education and elderly abuse.

Olivia Vanmechelen studied law and worked on different projects, mostly related to integration, equal chances and welfare policy in Flanders and Brussels. Since September 2012, she works as a staff-member at the Kenniscentrum Woonzorg Brussel. This knowledge centre elaborates studies, concepts and projects on homecare services and residential settings for elderly in Brussels. The main idea is to work within a home and care-network in a local context, starting from the idea ‘ stabilize the housing, mobilize care’.