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Date: 1-4 September 2014

Venue: Convention Center, the Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Every two years, the HelpAge Network of organisations working on ageing in the Asia/Pacific region and its key allies gather for a Regional Conference. The 2014 Regional Conference will be a multi-stakeholder learning event to share experience and develop common perspectives on the theme Older People in Ageing Societies: Burden or Resource?

Older people are often seen in terms of their needs and frailties, or even as a problem or burden for societies. This conference aims to stimulate discussion from the opposite perspective in order to bring greater balance in perceptions. The theme is important for the Network in reframing its arguments about ageing in a more positive light and is consistent with HelpAge’s approach (“age helps”). This theme is also important for China and other countries in Asia/Pacific as they consider how the increasing number of older people can contribute to national development. Finally, the conference comes at a time of changing directions in global development as the Millennium Development Goals come to an end and a new framework will take their place post-2015.

For registration and additional information, please contact jib@helpageasia.org.