Interviews

Exclusive interview: Economic implications of ageing on markets

Please give examples of businesses and markets that are emerging due to ageing society in Asia. How big is the ageing market? During the next two decades, older consumers will be the primary drivers of consumer expenditure in Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. Compared to younger cohorts, many older people have accumulated more wealth. […] Read more

Exclusive interview: Economic implications of ageing on income

What are the main sources of income in old age? The direct answer is (a) family and informal support (b) earnings from work and income generating activities in old age if one continues to be economically active (c) life time savings and income from assets if any (d) formal pension or provident fund if one […] Read more

Exclusive interview: Economic implications of ageing on health

Why is it important to discuss the economics of healthcare for older people in Asia at this time? Because many Asian countries are experiencing rapid ageing of their populations; not just Japan and Korea, but also countries like China, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Population ageing implies a huge cost for a country’s social security system, […] Read more

Exclusive interview: Economic implications of ageing on workforce

Can you give a brief overview of current workforce trends in Asia, particularly among middle income countries? I think there are basically three broad groups. One includes countries like China and Thailand, where you have a declining workforce at the same time as the ageing population is increasing rapidly. In the second group of middle […] Read more

Together on the front line against diabetes

We are privileged to have an interview with Dr Hai-Rim Shin, Regional Coordinator, Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion and Ms Anjana Bhushan from the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) on the topic of diabetes and ageing.   Why is Diabetes a major concern in the Western Pacific Region? Globally, it is […] Read more

A large portion of older people are living in hardship

Source: KHOA HỌC & ĐỜI SỐNG (Science & Life Newspaper) Issue #143 (3283) Date: 30 November 2015   According to Ms. Tran Bich Thuy, the majority of older people in Vietnam are yet to develop a habit of having financial reserves for the later stage of life, instead, all of their money was invested in […] Read more

Special interview with the chair of Senior Official Meeting on Social Welfare Development (SOMSWD)

Malaysia is the Chair of ASEAN for 2015 and the theme of its ASEAN Chairmanship is “Our People, Our Community,Our Vision.” The 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 21 to 22 November 2015. It was preceded by preparatory meetings from 18 to 20 November 2015. Many agreements and declarations were made at […] Read more