With the increase in the percentage of the world’s population over the age of 60, as well as increasing life expectancy in general, the diseases linked to aging pose enormous challenges both for individuals and societies in terms of quality of life and economic burden.
Over 44 million people are already living with dementia worldwide, with a projected increase to exceed 135 million people by 2050 as the global population ages; over 70% will be in emerging and developing countries. Alzheimer’s disease is more than an emerging global health crisis: it is a social, employment, and economic challenge that governments, business and civil society need to address urgently.
The rapid growth of digital data collection offers an unprecedented opportunity for more effective, efficient and humane care, and gives “digital doctors”, healthcare providers, and health care facilities the chance to play a unique role. Large scale data collection widely shared and compared through the adoption of Open Access policies, could effectively harness technological progress and ensure that data will be turned into useful and actionable health information. Already doctors are making treatment decisions based on so-called evidence-based medicine, which involves systematically reviewing clinical data and making treatment decisions based on the best available information.
Breakthrough innovations become possible when the collection of clinical data is combined with rapid advances in the emerging fields of bio-medicine, such as genomic technologies, nano-sciences, and regenerative medicine. However, an improved environment for the integration of new technologies into medical research is needed, in particular for facilitating the transfer of technology-associated discoveries from the laboratory to the point of care. And, regulation has to keep up with technology in order to, for example, avoid compromising patient privacy.
- Solving the “super-ageing” challenge
- Elderly promise
- Older candidates, please apply
- The opportunities of an older workforce
- OECD work on health
- OECD work on innovation
- The Journal, 2014, Reimagining the Aging Experience
- Social Security Is a Critical Income Source for Older Americans: State-Level Estimates, 2010–2012
Mikki Waid, Fact Sheet 300, January 2014, AARP Public Policy Institute
- Social Security Keeps Americans of All Ages Out of Poverty: State-Level Estimates, 2010-2012
Mikki Waid, Fact Sheet 303, February 2014, AARP Public Policy Institute
- Executive Summary: Forum Highlights
Position Paper - Key Takeaways from the sessions
Graduate Student Survey: What do future business leaders think?
Second Annual International Forum 2014: Health and Healthcare at the Crossroads of Business and Society, March 6-7, 2014, Keio Business School, Japan
Council of Business & Society
- Ageing in place : technology offers new perspectives
Quality of Life Observer - Senior, 28 November 2013, Sodexo
- How healthy diets and relationships can impact the affects of Alzheimer’s
Quality of Life Observer - Senior, 4 February 2014, Sodexo
- Monika Kosinska, Secretary-General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
- Mark Pearson, Deputy Director, Employment Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
- Helga Rohra, Chair, European Working Group of People with Dementia
- Cyril Schiever, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MSD France
- Shinya Yamanaka, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine; Professor & Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, Japan