As Western populations grow increasingly older, 'healthy ageing' is presented as one of today's greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary successful ageing has a long history.
The Histories of Healthy Ageing (HHA) conference is based on the assumption that 'healthy ageing' has informed the medical agenda since Antiquity. With 'healthy ageing' we refer to ways of thinking about and treating the body not only from a medical perspective, but also taking into account questions of what constitutes a happy and fulfilled life. In particular these latter issues were central to medicine before 1800 and relate to healthy living as much as to questions connected specifically to old age.
Thus whether we speak of classic ways of training the athlete's body, medieval religious rites, the pre-modern obsession with regimen (rules for living a healthy life), or the upper-class fancy to visit spas, at the root of it all was a wish for wellbeing, health and longevity.
In the centre of Groningen you'll find the elegant and historical Van Swinderen Huys an exclusive meeting and conference location nearby the Universtiy.
Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen
The University Museum has been a science museum in the academic heart of the city of Groningen since 1934.
On 21 June 2017, the new exhibition Gelukkig Gezond! Histories of Healthy Ageing will be opened.
Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 7a, Groningen
Café Hammingh is located at the river Reitdiep, which connected Groningen to the sea. From 1876 to 1982, three generations of Hamminghs ran the café.
Hunzeweg 32, Garnwerd
Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen
When you arrive to Amsterdam International Airport (Schiphol), the easiest way to travel to Groningen is by train. The underground train station is beneath the airport, within walking distance of the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colours. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you "To the trains".
Travelling from Groningen Airport Eelde to Groningen
Groningen is easily reached from Groningen Airport Eelde.
The Airport offers you the possibility to fly directly to Groningen Airport Eelde from a few European destinations. The airport is connected to Groningen Central Station by busses.
You have to buy a train ticket to Groningen before you board the train. Be aware that: passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be heavily fined. You can buy either a first-class ticket or a second-class ticket.
Online E-ticket: You can buy your ticket online and simply print it yourself. This allows you to take care of everything whenever and wherever it suits you. All you have to do is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket. You don't need to check-in or -out.
Ticket desk at the airport: The ticket desk is located in the main hall of Schiphol Airport. All cards are accepted.
Ticket-vending machine: You can find the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines in the luggage claim hall and at every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo. American Debit Cards will not be accepted.
If you use a single-use chipcard or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in and out; hold your OV-chipkaart up against the NS card reader in one of the gates or free-standing posts.
Detailed information on schedules is available on the NS website.
The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and Groningen is the last stop. The trains are quite comfortable and feature free wireless Internet in all classes. Drinks and snacks are occasionally sold in the trains.
Traveling to Groningen by car
Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited and expensive. The city hosts ten parking garages located near the center.
Taxis in Groningen
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 541 8452
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 549 4940
Taxi VTG: +31 (0)50 535 0088
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