What matters to me - envisioning the ageing future self and its environment

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference contribution (without a publication)Academic


The number of older people living independently at home is expanding. This brings often the need for more (technological) assistance or adjusting the environment, in particular the home itself. There is no shortage of more or less futuristic visions and concepts for adjusting homes to older age. However, futuring old age is largely done by others - developers of welfare technologies, public sector actors, or by family members and older people's personal networks. Ageing futures that are envisaged from 'outside' tend to be rather stereotyped, have blind spots, for instance with regard to diversity in gender, ethnicity or culture (Cozza et al. 2019), and in their generality can hardly cater for the personal and local circumstances and needs of individual persons or local communities.
In one of the projects of Citizenlab, a Dutch regional initiative to experiment with forms of citizen scie! nce for h ealth & wellbeing (https://www.topfitcitizenlab.nl/), we aim to explore more local and personal futures for age-friendly living in a neighbourhood jointly with older citizens. We have organized scenario-based workshops envisaging perspectives for healthy ageing and living in the neighbourhood, the local futures. Furthermore, we explore the usefulness of the tool 'what matters to me' for facilitating the reflection and discussion on future selves, personal needs, perspectives, and wishes for future living, the personal futures. This tool has been co-created with and evaluated by users in the context of long-term care (van Leersum et al. 2020; 2021). While generalized ageing futures proliferate, engaging with one's future ageing self can be emotionally uneasy and may be circumvented or postponed. Needs and priorities are not simply ready to be voiced or acted upon, but rather need to be formed, clarified, and explicated. In this talk we will discuss the results and reflect on! implicat ions for anticipatory practices more broadly.
Period7 Jul 2022
Event titleEASST 2022: Politics of technoscientific futures
Event typeConference
LocationMadrid, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational