Aagje Swinnen

The Netherlands

Aagje Swinnen is Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Art at Maastricht University and Endowed Socrates Chair in International Humanism and the Art of Living at the University of Humanistic Studies at Utrecht.

Her study of aging includes research into representations of dementia in literature and film as well as meanings of literature in arts-based approaches to dementia care. She has published on these topics in The Gerontologist, Journal of Aging Studies, and Dementia.

The first ministerial WHO conference on global action against dementia in 2015 stated, "We need to invest more in research to develop a drug, but also to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and the support of their caregivers."

For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.

Joost Van Meerbeeck

Co-Chair LIAS/LIAS Foundation