7th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific

The 7th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific
November 6-8, 2016, Peking University, Beijing, China

The 7th APRU Population Ageing Symposium with the theme “Ageing Innovation and Sustainable Development” was held at Peking University (PKU) on 7- 8 November, 2016. Close to 100 delegates from more than 10 member economies attended featured keynote addresses, plenary sessions and doctoral students’ presentations. The event provided a forum for discussions and knowledge exchange on areas related to ageing in the Asia Pacific region such as ageing and innovation, ageing and development, technology on ageing and social work and health and care for the elderly.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Prof Chen Gong, Executive Deputy Director of the Institute of Population Research and Director of PKU Institute of Ageing Studies. Ms Zhou Manli, Deputy Director of the PKU International Office; Ms Christina Schönleber, Deputy Director of the APRU International Secretariat and Prof. Zheng Xiaoying, Director of the Population Research Institute of PKU delivered welcome remarks. 

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Opening speech by Ms Zheng Xiaoying

Prof Peter McDonald of the University of Melbourne and Deputy Director of CEPAR delivered a keynote presentation entitled “Ageing in rural area in Asia: implications for policy and society” setting out a comparison on the situation and trends of population ageing in various countries and regions from a demography perspective.

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Prof Peter McDonald delivered a keynote speech

Prof Yeh-Liang Hsu of YuanZe University of Taiwan and Vice-President of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) gave a keynote speech entitled “Facilitating the caring embracement between generations – gerontechnology design philosophy from the Sinophone world”. Professor Yeh showcased a new design of caretaking of the elderly which highlighted the importance of interaction between parents and children. 

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Prof Xu Yeliang delivered a keynote speech

In her keynote speech entitled “Innovating for Ageing in the 21st Century: Critical Issue”, Prof Angelique Chan of Duke-NUS Medical School, Executive Director of the Center for Ageing Research and Education (CARE) and Deputy Director of the APRU Population Ageing Program Hub, described the problem of ageing in Singapore, highlighting issues such as the  burden on elderly caregivers, as well as social isolation and self-reliance of the elderly. She called for the collaborative efforts of all parties, including young people, to address the problem of ageing. 

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Keynote speakers and guests 

Prof Zhang Binzi of the Development Research Centre of the PRC State Council; Dr. Xiaoning Hao, Director of the China National Health Development Research Center and Director of Development of the National Health and Family Planning Commission; Ms Liu Lan, Deputy Director of PKU Institute of Ageing Studies; and Ms Ninie Wang, CEO of Pinetree Care Group shared with participants respectively on the current status and perspectives of the elderly care system, studies on healthy ageing, education and training innovations in the field of ageing in China as well as the effect of restorative care on longevity. 

Four plenary sessions were held in that afternoon, namely “Ageing and Development”; “Ageing and Innovation”; “Gerontechnology and Social Work”, and “Health and Care”. Prof Muliadi Widjaja of the University of Indonesia, Prof Nimfa Ogena of the University of the Philippines, and 12 other faculty members shared the results of their research providing opportunity for discussion and debate with participants.

Key themes of the Doctorate Students Forum held on day two were “Policy and Innovation” and “Family and Society” providing opportunity for young scholars to discuss with other participants and panel chairs. Seven students received awards for their outstanding performance in oral and poster presentations.

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Award-winning students

The Symposium concluded with delegates attending a site visit to the Le-Amor Nursing Home in Haidian District to get a better understanding and insights of the current situation of China’s pension system.

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Delegates visited the Le-Amor Nursing Home at Haidan District, Beijing

The APRU Population Ageing Symposium provided an important platform and opportunity to foster international exchange of the latest research results on ageing and suggested solutions to ageing from various perspectives. The event was jointly organised by PKU and APRU and was supported by PKU Institute of Population Research, PKU Institute of Ageing Studies, APEC Health Science Academy, and ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) of Australia.

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