Issues for low-income ageing populations on agenda at Hanoi workshop
  • | VET | August 23, 2018 12:09 PM
Cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for low-income ageing populations are up for discussion at an ASEAN-UK workshop held at Le Quy Don Technical University in Hanoi from August 22 to 24.

Photo: British Council in Vietnam

The workshop is being organized by the University of Greenwich in the UK, Le Quy Don Technical University, and the Asian Technology Institute in Thailand, with support from a Researcher Links grant from the Newton Fund.

Population ageing is one of the most important issues and topics on the global agenda because of its impact on quality of life and the sustainable economic development of countries and regions.

Factors include declining fertility rates and/or rising life expectancy. Most countries have rising life expectancy and an ageing population and such trends emerged first in more economically-developed countries but are now seen in less economically-developed countries.

The UN predicts that the rate of population ageing in the 21st century will exceed that of the previous century, and the senior and geriatric population will reach 2.1 billion by 2050. By 2040, the greying of the population in ASEAN could shrink the number of working-age adults by between 10 and 15 per cent. The number of senior citizens in Vietnam aged 65 and older is expected to increase by 20 per cent within the next 18 years.

Presentations and discussions at the workshop will address the core issues and challenges of ageing populations that developing countries face. The focus is on cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies that can directly benefit low-income ageing populations in the ASEAN region.

Core topics and themes to be addressed include challenges and problems caused by ageing populations in developing countries; cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for healthy low-income ageing populations; three, five and ten-year roadmaps for assistive technologies and cost-effective solutions for developing countries to tackle problems from ageing populations; and health economics and public health in low-income ageing populations.

The workshop will help strengthen UK-Vietnam cooperation via the UK-Vietnam Network in Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (HEIE), which will be expanded to the wider ASEAN region and emphasizes shared research, innovation challenges, impacts on social welfare and economic development, and the quality of life in low-income ageing populations.

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