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Preparing for the Challenges of Population Aging in Asia

Many nations in Asia have populations that are rapidly aging – a demographic shift that will pose new social and economic challenges to governments in the region. To aid understanding of this aging trend, science academies from China, Japan, India, Indonesia and the United States organized two international conferences to present new research on the topic, and released a new collaborative report.

Beginning May 2, 2012, a collection of peer-reviewed papers presented at two conferences is also available. Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives highlights the contributions from new and emerging data initiatives in the region and covers subject areas such as economic growth, labor markets, and consumption; family roles and responsibilities; and labor markets and consumption.





March 14-15, 2011
Conference in New Delhi

Indian Rural Senior (c)IStockphotoThe Indian National Science Academy hosted a conference to bring together scientists from around the world to present new research on Asia’s aging trend -- including the first results from what will be a long-term study of India’s aging population – and to engage policymakers in discussion. An agenda can be found here, and slides from presentations at the conference can be viewed here.

 


December 9-10, 2010
Conference in Beijing

Li Yang, professor and vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, offers a welcome on behalf of the academy.A conference hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in December gathered international researchers to present new findings on population aging. An agenda can be found here, and slides from presentations at the conference can be viewed here. You can also view a video message to participants from U.S. National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone.

 


Five Academies Release Report on Preparing for the Challenges of Population Aging in Asia

Responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly aging population will be one of the most difficult tasks for Asian governments in the first half of this century, says a report released Dec. 8 at the opening of the Beijing conference. The report identifies areas where research is needed to inform policymakers’ response, including research on employment patterns and health among the elderly as well as changing family roles.

 


Support for the report and conferences was provided by the U.S. National Institute on Aging.