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: 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.  

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 on 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 of 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

(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.

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