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Defusing the Age Bomb

Defusing the Age Bomb, an event created by the European Parliament UK Office and The Amazings to showcase leading thinking, and rethinking, in how we treat retired and older people in the UK.

An ageing society and the financial crisis have increased the pressure on financing retirement and services for older people. At the same time social and economic changes disrupt traditional family units, cutting the two-way flow of experience and support between the older and younger generations. Alongside this, modern society has an ever greater need for lifelong learning and new skills.

The challenge is to reframe the potential of ageing, and make the most of its potential.
 This challenge creates an opportunity for social enterprise to rethink and redesign the way we treat retirement and older people.

The Amazings have decided to collect older people with valuable skills and bring them together with a younger audience willing to learn these skills and pay for it. This creates revenue and activity for older people, thus increasing their independence, while facilitating the transfer of skills between generations.

When: Tuesday, 8 May 2012 (16h00 - 20h30)
Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 2EU