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.

Call for Papers: The 9th Annual APRU Research Conference on Population Aging

"Dementia, Cognition, and Healthy and Productive Aging”

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
7-8 December 2018, Hong Kong

Call for Abstracts:

The conference welcomes the submission of papers or three-page extended abstracts for paper presentations at the conference. Submissions on all topics related to population aging are welcome, especially on the following topics:

- Dementia and cognitive function of the elderly, including measurement, determinants, and consequences for work and elderly care
- Health care and long-term care
- Extending working lives, pensions, and retirement
- Elderly well-being, including economic, social, and physical and mental health

Please submit your papers and abstracts here before 1st September.

Keio-APRU Population Aging Hub Longevity Initiative held High-Level Policy Discussion

On April 14 2018, the APRU Population Aging Hub held a high-level policy discussion on challenges posed by a rapidly aging society.

The meeting was brought together by Keio University’s Global Research Institute, host of the APRU Population Aging Hub and initiator of the Keio-APRU Population Aging Hub Longevity Initiative.

The meeting featured special guests Dr. Victor Dzau (President of the United States National Academy of Medicine), Senator Keizo Takemi (Member of the House of Councillors), Dr. Hiroto Izumi (Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) and Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa (Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture). The meeting was attended by leading faculty members including Prof. Masayuki Amagai (Dean of the Keio University School of Medicine) and Prof. Hideyuki Okano(Dean of the Keio University Graduate School of Medicine and Leader of the Keio University Longevity Initiative).

Technology and Aging Workforce: Maximize the Gains from Longevity and Long Working Life

Technology and Aging Workforce: Maximize the Gains from Longevity and Long Working Life

Korea University, Seoul, Korea
17-18 May 2018

Key Thematic Issues:
Some Asian economies are aging at unprecedented speed. While there are other economies that remain young, no Asian economies will be safe from risk of growing old before becoming rich. Changes on the technology front are also rapid. New technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to substitute labor as well as to increase labor productivity. It is evident that the technological advances will reshape the future of work. For aging economies, the share of elderly workers is on rapid rise. While many of them plan to remain in the workforce beyond their current retirement age, they may need to acquire new skills. For young economies, the challenges may be even more complex given the technology’s potential of labor substitution.

Call for Papers: Technology and an Aging Workforce

Technology and an Aging Workforce;
Maximize the Gains from Longevity and Long Working Life

Korea University
17 – 18 May 2018, Seoul, Korea

Call for Papers:

Many countries in Asia are aging at unprecedented speed with some economies remain young. With working-age populations projected to grow, no Asian countries will be safe from the risk of growing old before becoming rich.

Changes on the technology front are rapid, creating new jobs while making others redundant. For aging economies, the share of elderly workers is on the rise and many of them hope to acquire new skills and familiarity with up-to-date technology to remain in the workforce beyond their current retirement age. For young economies, the challenges may be even more complex given technology’s potential for labor substitution.

APRU Population Aging Program Migrates to Keio University

APRU’s Population Aging Program has moved to Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, entering the next phase of its growth. The move to Keio places the Program in the Asia-Pacific economy most renowned for a rapidly aging population. 

In a recent letter to university presidents, Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General, expressed his confidence in Keio to continue growing the Population Aging network’s strength and impact through the leadership and expertise of Hideyuki Okano, Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Medicine, and Hiroki Nakatani, Project Professor of the Global Research Institute at Keio University.

Keio University is also home to both the Center for Supercentenarian Medical Research and the recently established Research Center for Financial Gerontology. These centers link research in medicine, economics, and engineering in its mission to address the challenges posed by an aging population.

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.  

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