On March 26th, 2013, HelpAge USA and Pfizer Inc. brought together 40 experts from across disciplines and around the world to discuss the promise that better health, engaged communities, technology and research hold for global aging, economic growth, and development. Innovations in public health, sanitation, and infrastructure have greatly extended the lifespan. Extended longevity is an opportunity for individuals at every age when they are in good health and living in environments shaped for this new aging demographic. Seizing the opportunities associated with shifting demographics requires a whole-of-society approach involving policymakers, civil society, academics, and the private sector.
GLOBAL AGING 2013: Driving Economic Growth convened a cross-section of key opinion leaders who engaged in high-level panel discussions, which gave way to rich group discussions, smaller expert-led breakout sessions, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Participant discussions catalyzed new ways of thinking about advancing policy dialogues and decisions, and introduced a new audience to a wide range of issues faced by older people in the developing world. GLOBAL AGING 2013 was an important step toward creating sustainable thought leadership through multi-disciplinary conversations and a «cross-pollination» of ideas. (Published on June 6, 2013)