Population Aging

Preparing for the Impact of an Aging Population

From preparing for shrinking workforces, transforming healthcare needs, to the increasing demands on public spending and social security, the impacts of population aging touch almost every area of government policy and present a number of challenges for sustained economic growth in the region.

While not all countries are aging at the same rate, no society will be spared the effects of this demographic phenomenon. Only by improving the region’s cooperation in areas like labor mobility, immigration, and best practice sharing, can the Asia Pacific face the headwinds brought about by population aging. The APRU Population Aging Program hosted by National  University of Singapore brings together renowned experts on population aging from across the Asia-Pacific. It provides a platform to engage with government and enterprise, and to support capacity building to improve the capacity of nations to deal with this aging challenge.

APRU aims to raise awareness about the demographic shifts towards older populations, the need to address the challenges, and reap the opportunities of population aging. A key part of this is research to provide policy makers with the evidentiary base for policy making, ensuring aging issues and the transition to an aged society does not hamper economic growth and overall quality of life of people in the region.

Program Leaders

Angelique Chan, Program Director, National University of Singapore
Gong Chen, Peking University
Eileen Crimmins, University of Southern California
Robert Cumming, The University of Sydney
Stuart Gietel-Basten, HKUST
Lan Liu, Peking University
Xiaoting Liu, Zhejiang University
Peter McDonald, The University of Melbourne
Hiroki Nakatani, Keio University

John Piggott, UNSW Sydney
Indri Hapsari Susilowati, University of Indonesia
Christina Schönleber, APRU International Secretariat

Population Aging News & Initiatives

11th APRU Population Aging Virtual Conference 2021 Charts Out Path Towards Successful Aging

11th APRU Population Aging Virtual Conference 2021 Charts Out Path Towards Successful Aging

APRU successfully concluded its 11th APRU Aging Population Virtual Conference on April 8, recording over 300participants ...
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Population Aging Program Completes Transfer to National University of Singapore

Population Aging Program Completes Transfer to National University of Singapore

The APRU Population Aging Program, which was hosted by Keio University until the end of 2020, completed its transfer to the ...
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Keio University-initiated webinar series charts out new path forward for era of COVID-19

Keio University-initiated webinar series charts out new path forward for era of COVID-19

We are delighted to note an online seminar (webinar) series at which Hiroki Nakatani, the APRU Population Aging Program ...
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Maximizing Gains from Technology and Longevity

Maximizing Gains from Technology and Longevity

Asia Pacific is one of the most dynamic regions in the world yet its workforce population is aging fast. Since the 2008 ...
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How do universities shape super active aging societies in the Asia Pacific?

How do universities shape super active aging societies in the Asia Pacific?

APRU experts contribute to Nikkei Super Active Ageing Society Conference We are pleased to note the active engagement and ...
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APRU Research Experts say APEC Economies Must Build Educated and Mobile Workforces to Offset the Negative Impact of Aging Populations

APRU Research Experts say APEC Economies Must Build Educated and Mobile Workforces to Offset the Negative Impact of Aging Populations

Member economies of the APEC Forum need to do a lot more to promote economic growth to combat population aging, according to ...
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