2017 Association of Pacific Rim Universities Conference

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In collaboration with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Centre for Ageing Research and Education, Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore will organise “2017 Association of Pacific Rim Universities Conference: Ageing and Resilience in the 21st Century”.

Conference brief

The world is ageing. The number of people 65 and older is projected to triple by mid-century, from 531 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2050. By mid-century, most countries would be trading their young for the old as the share of their population that is 65 and older surpass those younger than 15. This demographic shift is accompanied by wider changes in the society including continuing low fertility rates, late marriages, preference for singlehood and migration amongst others.

Academics and policy makers recognize the need for self-reliance of older adults as family sizes shrink and longer lives challenge financial and social adaptations. Successful adaptation to ageing turns on the resilience of the individual, family, and society.

The conference aims to explore different ways of defining and measuring resilience as well as ways to enhance resilience at all levels including physical, psychological and social in older adults and their families. Innovative measures at the policy and programme levels would be featured.

Themes that would be explored include:

  • What is resilience – explorations of the different types of resilience from physical, mental to finance, social and other dimensions
  • How can or should  resilience be measured
  • What are the factors that impact on resilience
  • What are the factors associated with resilience
  • How can resilience be promoted