Thinker in Residence for ageing 

Flinders University was a partner in the residency program of Dr Alexandre Kalache as Adelaide's Thinker in Residence. Professor Mary Luszcz, Director of Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies was Flinders' academic representative. Dr Kalache commenced his residency with a 4 week visit on 23 May 2011. He returned in October/November and again in March 2012.

Dr Kalache is a world leading authority on ageing. He pioneered the concept of "active ageing" and developed the Global Movement on Age Friendly Cities at the World Health Organisation (WHO) as head of the Ageing and Life Course Program, and now leads the International Centre for Policies on Ageing, Brazil.

Dr Kalache worked with partner organisations including Disability, Ageing and Carers, COTA, SA Health, aged care providers and the Adelaide Universities to help build deeper appreciation for the contribution and needs of our ageing population. In particular, this residency will assist in the implementation of new and existing initiatives as part of the State Reform Agenda, Adding Life to Years. 

Dr Kalache will work with the partner organisations to examine how we are devising and implementing policy around ageing issues according to the four key pillars of security (dealing with the vulnerability), activity (participation), health, and continuity of education.  This will provide opportunities to examine issues around ageing in a more holistic way, seeing the experience of ageing as more than just a health related experience.

The final report of Dr Alexandre Kalache, The Longevity Revolution: Creating a society for all ages (PDF 33MB) , was released on 30 May 2013.