Counter-Ageing Philosophy

After near 2 year collaboration in “European papers on the new welfare” I cannot but signify my enthusiasm for the idea of counter-ageing. Indeed ageing, in its present size and connotation, is a new reality in the developed part of the world, lasting not more than 50 years as a result of industrialization, urbanization, better physical conditions, i.e. technological progress.

Moreover, it seems likely that the presently developing world will experience the same reality in a few decades. Clearly, this reality can be considered as a heavy problem or as an exciting opportunity. Our society, unprepared around the issue, logically accomplishes only to help old people at best. Professor Orio Giarini, by his part, within his view of “Service economy” proposes the opposite philosophy, as widely depicted from the standpoint of a macro-economist in the first issue of “European Papers”, dated 2005. Since 60 to 80 -aged people already represent by 20-25% of the population in developed countries, useless to say that his view will intrude and change our culture. Rather, today’s challenge is to combine the logic of ancient care with that of being active and productive beyond 60-65 years. Therefore, the next European Papers will include specific monographs (European Papers on New Social Welfare Policies) dealing with welfare policies for older people, besides issues ultimately developing the counter-ageing philosophy, and articles more generally considering problems and the philosophy of our society.

We propose to submit to “European Papers” [address:], English written contributions to favor a worldwide meeting, as world-wide appears the problem, together with addition of a short abstract and a list of 3-6 key words. Nevertheless, apart from an English written title, abstract and key words, scientists preferring to interact with people within their Countries are welcome to submit their contributions written in their own language or, if they wish, in both languages as independent papers called [Part 1 – e.g. French … version] and [Part 2 – English version].

Since the next issues of European Papers on Counter-Aging will continue to focus Economics, we encourage previous and new colleagues to further develop, or criticize, previous European Papers proposals. As to later issues, after a lifetime spent in biomed research, I propose to focus on bio-medical, peculiarly mental benefits potentially derived from being active and productive beyond 60 years of age. However, while considering the economic relevance of reemployment of aged people and the physical and mental benefits aged people may achieve from reentering or not leaving the “productive” or “service” economy, the actual challenge, in my view, is proposed by a quite diverse concern. In preindustrial societies, until adulthood, children grew within a family comprising brothers, parents and grandparents, commonly living under the same roof. This composite picture has disappeared almost completely with urbanization but, with seldom exceptions, today adults experienced at least interaction with a father and a mother, taking up what cannot be learned at school, such as gratuitous generosity and sincere love. We know, significance of the intrinsic value of traditions, including family, is getting ignored in the present, post-modern society. Aged people bear a treasure of personal experience and knowledge and consciousness they have acquired in a lifetime and they are open to share with younger generations: nowadays we may expect from their consciousness, where else? , to learn again the significance of people traditions.

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