Professor of Interpretive Gerontology, at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Jan Baars is the author or many publications on aging, ranging from conceptual analysis to polemic criticism and more reflective existential perspectives. He has given Master classes at universities in Europe, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa. Continue reading →

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Jan Baars has been awarded Fellowship of the British Academy of Social Sciences

In honor of his contributions to international social science, Jan Baars has been awarded Fellowship of the British Academy of Social Sciences. This honor, rarely awarded to scholars who are not British citizens, is conferred on scholars who are a leading figure in their field and who have already made a clear mark. The formal installation will take place in London during the next Academy General Meeting in July.

Educational Gerontology reviews Aging and the Art of living

Recognizing life’s finitude, honoring one’s own personal story, nurturing intergenerational relationships, and seeking to live wisely are among the important ingredients for living the art of aging. Simply raising these issues and helping the reader to understand their importance are reasons enough to encounter this intense yet highly intelligent book. Continue reading →

Jan Baars wins the 2013 Social Gerontology Theory Award

The Gerontological Society of America has distinguished Jan Baars with the 2013 Social Gerontology Theory Award. At the Annual Scientific Meeting of the GSA in New Orleans a symposium was organized on November 22nd 2013 to discuss his paper on ‘Aging, Autonomy and Justice. Beyond Independence’. During this symposium the Award was handed to Jan by the Chair of the Review Committee, Dr. Scott Bass (American University, Washington D.C.)._0PD1155_JanBaars_and_ScottBass_GSA_NewOrleans_22Nov2013-400x267px

Canadian Journal on Aging reviews Aging and the Art of Living

Writing in 1874, the Swiss philosopher, poet, and critic Henri Amiel said “To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living” (Asch, 2003, 78). Nearly a century and a half later, Baars takes up this challenge in his deeply … Continue reading →