The Sciences of Ageing and the Culture of Youth (SAACY) is a project funded by a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship. It will offer a conceptual framework with which to overcome cultural pessimism about ageing and influence policy change.
Cultural pessimism about ageing endangers all facets of intergenerational solidarity; it shapes perceptions of the worth and value of human beings and directs decisions about care, research and funding priorities. SAACY will inform practices and policy development in these areas.
The research is driven by two questions: how does culture frame the questions and paradigms of leading researchers in ageing and diseases of old age? And how do scientific research developments act as cultural force; specifically, how do they influence societal approaches to dementia?
To address these questions, SAACY takes a multipronged approach that reaches across disciplines and sectors. An archive-based study will closely attend the dialogue between cultural discourses and scientific models of ageing. Sociological interventions will explore meanings and anticipations of ageing with our project partners from the third sector, and in collaboration with the King’s Policy Institute and older people SAACY aims to develop policy change for the ageing population