Population Aging

The range of demographic change is probably nowhere more diverse than among Pacific Rim economies. Japan has the oldest population in the world and its population number is declining. While Indonesia is one of the economies in the world with the youngest people and its population is increasing in numbers. China with its one-child-policy is facing a rapid aging of its population in the next 20-30 years. Also other Asian economies are facing a decline in fertility rates and its workforces are growing older. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States attracted a lot of young migrants that influenced the demographic change in the respective economies and their home economies as well. Over a period of six years APRU member universities have hosted five research symposiums on aging in the Asia-Pacific to discuss the impact of population aging and to share solutions from all other the Pacific Rim. In 2015 the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research and UNSW Australia implemented a new APRU Research Hub on Population aging to deepen the collaboration among junior and senior researchers on Aging in the Asia-Pacific. The hub was launched at the 2015 research symposium and a three year plan is now being implemented with the objective to share best practice and showcase research, to engage with governments and industry, and to stimulate new and relevant research collaborations.

The 8th APRU Population Aging Conference

The 8th APRU Population Aging Conference, Aging and Resilience in the 21st Century, took place on October 11-13, 2017 and was hosted by the Centre for Aging Research & Education at Duke NUS. Over 200 speakers, guest and delegates came together at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore with a focus on defining, measuring and improving resilience in older adults in the age of longevity.

Conference Overview

The world is aging. The number of people aged 65 or above is projected to triple by mid of this century, from 531 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2050.

By the middle of the 21st century, most countries would be trading their young for the old as the share of their population aged 65 or above surpasses those below 15. This demographic shift is accompanied by wider changes in the society including amongst others continuing low fertility rates, late marriages, preference for singlehood and migration.  

APRU Aging in the Asia-Pacific Workshop 2017 for Junior Gerontologists

The APRU Aging in the Asia-Pacific Workshop 2017 for Junior Gerontologists Action Research for Age-Friendly Community was held in November 9-11, 2017 at The University of Tokyo.

Workshop Overview:

This three-day workshop offered participants a unique opportunity to learn about and shared ideas on action research in aging communities. Action research was a collaborative inquiry conducted with those affected by the problem for deciphering and solving the issues of the community.

The workshop involved lectures and site visits to actual action research sites, as well as opportunities to present and discuss your research and/or ideas on action research.

Annual Workshop on Population Aging and the Chinese Economy

Annual Workshop on Population Aging and the Chinese Economy 
Australia-China Population Aging Research Hub in collaboration with the 

APRU Population Aging Research Hub 

The 3rd Annual Workshop on Population Aging and the Chinese Economy, hosted jointly by the APRU Population Aging Research Hub and the Australian-China Population Ageing Research Hub (both located in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at the University of New South Wales), took place on July 11-12, 2017 on UNSW campus in Sydney. The workshop attracted 35 participants who came together for an exciting two-day program.

The first day of the workshop featured six presentations from renowned international experts and a lively roundtable discussion. The second day was reserved for presentations from nine PhD students or early career researchers from APRU universities and other universities in Australia and Asia, who presented their innovative projects and received feedback from the senior experts and other workshop participants in a collegial and constructive atmosphere.

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

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(L-R) Rafal Chomik (Senior Research Fellow, CEPAR, UNSW Sydney) Christina Schönleber (Deputy Director (APRU International Secretariat)), John Piggot (Scientia Professor, Director, CEPAR, UNSW Sydney and APRU Population Ageing Research Hub Chair) and Albert Park (Professor of Economics, HKUST and APRU Population Ageing Research Steering Group Member).

Member economies of the APEC Forum need to do a lot more to promote economic growth to combat population ageing, according to a paper presented at the Workshop on the Development of an APEC Labor Mobility Framework in Nha Trang, Viet Nam on February 18.

Representatives from APEC member economies and global experts convened at the Workshop in Viet Nam to share views on the diverse factors which affect mobility of labor and skills in the region and to develop a way forward for the general APEC membership.

The report by APRU experts Rafal Chomik, John Piggott and Peter McDonald, which was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Employment to APRU, aims to influence a regional framework on labor mobility issues. The report suggests that cooperation in migration policy, education, and technology transfer would allow emerging economies within APEC to increase rates of growth, countering the “headwinds” of population ageing.

The 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. 

APRU Population Ageing Hub Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy

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Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy

Event Report

The second Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy, hosted jointly by the APRU Population Ageing Research Hub and the Australian-China Population Ageing Research Hub (both located in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at the University of New South Wales), took place on the 21st and 22nd of July 2016 on UNSW campus in Sydney. The workshop attracted 38 participants who came together for an exciting two-day program.

The first day of the workshop featured five presentations from renowned international experts and a lively roundtable discussion. The second day was reserved for presentations from nine PhD students or early career researchers from APRU universities in Australia and Asia, who presented their innovative projects and received feedback from the senior experts and other workshop participants in a collegial and constructive atmosphere. Generously-timed coffee and lunch breaks and a free workshop dinner on the evening of the first workshop day gave all participants ample opportunities to network and connect.