Designing for Your Future Self: Happy, healthy and wise

Join experts in design research from Design Age Institute and its partners to debate key discoveries, projects and aspirations for our rapidly ageing society, and explore the market potential of future generations to benefit from longer, healthier and wiser lives.

What to expect

In an ageing society, in which a growing older population is holding an ever-increasing percentage of national assets, how can organisations – public, private and charitable – create products, services and environments that are not only needed, but desired, by older people?

Join a panel of expert researchers, designers, innovators and healthy ageing advocates to explore a not-too-distant future in which those over 65 years will account for 63p in every pound spent.

Most of us are aware that our population is getting older, and with rapid accelerations in technology, healthcare, and design, we may soon have a population that is not only older but also healthier, wealthier, and wiser, than ever before. How might we spend these potential extra healthy years?

In this final session of the ‘Designing for Your Future Self’ talk series, Design Age Institute and its partners will share insights into the future of ageing and the ways in which design can support everyone to experience a healthy, independent and joyful later life.




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Booking information

Adult: £8
Student/Concession: £6
Members: Free

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

A limited number of free tickets are available through our Emerging Designers Access Scheme. If you are an emerging designer and facing financial barriers to attend, please register here.


Carly Dickson

Dickson is a designer focused on creating and promoting radically accessible, wildly engaging experiences for people of all ages and abilities. As a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at DAI, she helps synthesise and share DAI’s work to enable healthy and happy ageing through desirable products, services and environments. She co-authored the book 'Just Living: Homes for Our Future Selves', has previously worked at the MIT AgeLab and Alison Brooks Architects, and studied architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Colum Lowe

Lowe is a senior design leader with a significant track record of developing inclusive products and services in the private, public and charitable sectors. In 2020 Colum joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art as Director for Design Age Institute. He has been Head of Design at the Ministry of Justice, Sainsbury’s, Homebase and the NHS National Patient Safety Agency, and has run design firms Crabtree Hall, CaulderMoore as well as his own consultancy.

Ross Bailey

Bailey is the CEO & Founder of Appear Here, a leading marketplace for retail space with a mission to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. Hailed a 'Digital game changer for the high street' by The Guardian, working with luxury brands like Gucci, Chanel and Supreme, celebrities such as Stormzy and Harry Styles and thousands of independents. Bailey was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, Forbes '30 under 30' and the Financial Times 'Top to under 30 entrepreneurs'.

Sam Mauger

Mauger has worked for over 23 years in the areas of Health, Wellbeing and Voice with and for older people including her current role as Chief Executive for Third Age Trust. Her experience includes as CEO of Age UK London, Co-Chair of the Age England Association, Chair of City of London Healthwatch and Chair of the London Voluntary Sector Forum. Mauger is also a trained Mediator.

Shefaly Yogendra

Yogendra specialises in governance, growth, risk, and decision-making. She is an independent governor of London Metropolitan University, and a non-executive director and committee chair on the boards of several listed companies; this follows a career in the technology industry and a luxury startup. Named FTSE 100 Women to Watch 2016, she has a PhD in decision-making from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and a first degree in Electronics Engineering.

Design Age Institute

The Design Age Institute is the UK’s national strategic unit for design and the healthy ageing economy. The Institute works with designers, businesses, researchers and communities to help address the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society through the transformative power of design.

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