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Fundamental questions of a society of longer life

“When I was young, I couldn't imagine how old I was. But now it's clear to me: It's my life! "

Research that aims to find concepts, models and solutions for a society with a longer life must be oriented towards the question of which society we want to live in in the future. Research in the humanities and social sciences plays a key role in the process of social understanding on this issue.

Expand the knowledge base

Knowledge of further demographic developments is the basis for successfully shaping an aging society. The Federal Government will therefore continue to promote research into the causes and consequences of demographic change in the future. The focus is on the further development of suitable methods, the expansion of the statistical systems required for this, the interdisciplinary exchange, international networking and the transfer of knowledge and technology into practice.

We pay special attention to the living conditions of older people, including the rapidly growing group of the very old. Gender-specific analyzes are also important in order to identify and compensate for existing and emerging inequalities in the life situation of senior citizens. Based on this knowledge, we will adapt and supplement the measures already taken to shape demographic change.

Establish a realistic picture of age

Many people fear old age and a society in which more and more older people face fewer and fewer younger ones. With such an approach, however, the problems come to the fore all too easily and obscure the view of the opportunities. The Federal Government therefore supports research on the cultural framework of images of old age and on the creation and dissemination of realistic images of old age. We want to initiate a rethinking and paint a differentiated picture of old age and a society of longer life - away from clichés and stereotypes. The effects of changes in legal framework conditions, for example through the formulation of a legal prohibition on age discrimination, are also important. It is important to break down prejudices, to approach the topic of age impartially and to recognize that an aging society will be structured differently from today's. However, this opens up new perspectives and opportunities - in social, cultural and individual terms.

Recognize and defuse generation conflicts

A society with a longer life must also face the question of the distribution of burdens and resources. We therefore support the precautionary research into the self-image of the generations and the roles that they each claim and assume for themselves. In this way, we promote sustainable solutions for justice and solidarity between the generations. In addition to the fundamental question of material security, we are also concerned with developing a culture of mutual and intergenerational appreciation. Such a culture should make the potential of each generation visible and, above all, focus on the contributions of older people to the family and society, which are all too often taken for granted.

Consider acceptance of technological solutions

When developing and using technological solutions, ethical, legal and social aspects must also be considered and taken into account from the outset - especially where technologies, for example, take on new types of assistance functions for people. In all of its measures, the Federal Government will therefore also support research on the acceptance and conditions for acceptability of new technological applications for a society with a longer life.