Open Lecture: "Generativity in older people: Later life as a time of development"

The Communication Networks & Social Change Research Group (CN&SC) of the IN3 is pleased to invite you to an open lecture offered by Prof. Feliciano Villar, of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Barcelona and coordinator of the Research in Gerontology Group (GIG).

Please, note that the lecture will be held in English, it will be available by video streaming and the video will be published in the IN3 playlist of UOC YouTube channel.


Room -1A, UOC Castelldefels building (Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, B3 building)
Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 5
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona)


14/10/2016 11.00h

Organized by

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Communication Networks & Social Change Research Group (CN&SC) of the IN3


Older people are becoming a larger group in our society and their profile is changing: new generations of older adults are better educated and enjoy better health for more years. These trends emphasize the active role that older people may play and how their participation could contribute to maintaining and improving contexts in which they participate while having a positive developmental impact on themselves. The concept of generativity applied to later life may help to understand such participation and its social and personal effects. In the lecture, we will describe the concept, identifying different kinds of generative activities present in older age (both within the family and in the society) and their impact on both communities and older people themselves. Finally, we will discuss how technology may transform, enhance and even create new forms of generative activities in the last stage of life, opening new perspectives particularly from an intergenerational point of view.

Short bio:
Prof. Feliciano Villar is a full-time lecturer at the University of Barcelona and coordinator of the Master Degree on Psychogerontology. His research interests are focused on active aging, trying to determine which activities contribute to aging well (in communities as well as in institutional settings), and which are its implications for personal and social development.

Upon closure of the lecture, you are invited to enjoy some refreshments.

This lecture is a public activity part of the annual meeting of the international and interdisciplinary ACT Project, a project committed to the research on the intersections between the transformation of ageing experiences and the proliferation of new mediated forms of communication. This activity is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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