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Don't Miss (June 6, 15:30)! FREE Public Panel in the ISBNPA 2018 Annual Meeting: The Future of Ageing

28 May 2018

Like many countries, Hong Kong SAR has an ageing population. The percentage of citizens aged over
65 years increased from 8% in 1986 to 12% in 2006 and 16% in 2016. In contrast, only 11% of the
population is under 14 years of age.

Shilpa Dogra and Sebastien Chastin from the ISBNPA Special Interest Group on Ageing will Chair this
special public panel about what ageing will look like in the future and what this means for society
and sustainability.

Special guest speakers will discuss how will gerotechnology and significant increases in longevity
shape our society, economy, and quality of life in the near and distant future?

Guest speakers:
Professor William Kearns, President of the International Society for Gerontechnology, will describe a
vision of the future of ageing that includes sensor technology and Artificial Intelligence for supported
living and slowing down institutionalisation. He will talk about the role of gerotechnology in
improving the lives and functional autonomy of older adults in the near future. Through stories of
older adults and research he has conducted, Prof Kearns will demonstrate the real impact of
integrating simple technologies into the lives of older adults as well as their caregivers.

Professor Aubrey de Grey , SENS Research Foundation USA, will present how we move from managing the
process of ageing to ending ageing all together. Aubrey De Grey projects that humans will live for a
1,000 years in the distant future. He will discuss advancements in physiological research, as well as
the implications of an increase in the global population. Prof De Grey will highlight the importance
of physical activity and a healthy diet in eliminating aging.

Panel: Sebastien Chastin (Glasgow Caledonian University, Ghent University) and Shilpa Dogra
(University of Ontario Institute of Technology) will facilitate a discussion on issues pertinent to
behavior, physical activity, nutrition, healthcare practitioners, and researchers. Specifically, issues
pertaining to food security, loneliness, geriatric syndromes, the built environment, and more, will be
discussed with the speakers and the audience.