Nations worldwide are grappling with population aging as an existential challenge. It is noteworthy that this phenomena will impact societies in countless ways, including but not limited to the sustainability of the economic, healthcare and welfare systems, the search for talent, and national defense.
As we search for solutions, we find that aging-related policies and programs have also been heavily influenced by the medical and institutional perspective. But costs associated with medical and institutional care are becoming increasingly unaffordable.
An alternative approach has pivoted from aging as sick care to aging as well-care or aging as an asset. This has also been referred to as the active aging approach. Active aging places a greater emphasis on increasing our health span and not just on increasing our lifespan.
There is growing research evidence that the active aging lifestyle can reduce the demand for long-term care, enhance well-being, reduce healthcare costs, and promote intergenerational solidarity.
This study tour is an opportunity for delegates from across the world to explore how Singapore and South Korea are tackling the challenges and opportunities of population aging. These two countries are at the forefront of this global phenomena and we will immerse on their national plans for active aging, their methods of monitoring progress, top initiatives, and much more.by Cullen T. Hayashida, Ph. D.