Time of event

Day 1: 14:00–17:00 Tokyo time
Day 2: 14:30–17:20 Tokyo time
Day 3: 14:30–16:35 Tokyo time

Summary

Population aging is a growing challenge and policy priority in many Asian countries. However, quality individual and household data is often insufficient to properly monitor and compare the living conditions of older persons across genders, social environments, and economic levels in the region. Strengthening post-COVID-19 policy responses to population aging will require greater efforts to build and examine data sets that consider factors such as physical and mental well-being, universal healthcare, employment, economic security, financial inclusion and literacy, long-term care needs and family support, gender-related issues, and policy impact evaluation.

This virtual conference cohosted by ADBI, the Asian Development Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development explored the role of data in supporting the health and socioeconomic well-being of older persons in Asia and generated policy recommendations for improving data development aimed at raising their quality of life after the pandemic. It focused on strategies for enhancing data collection, sharing, and analysis of variables critical to realizing healthier and more productive aging populations.

Objectives
  • Discuss key issues for population aging policy development, such as demographic trends, health endowments, financial status, and social conditions of seniors
  • Assess data needs and approaches for addressing population aging challenges in Asian countries
  • Support the development of a survey-based database on aging in the region
  • Highlight ways to promote analyses of micro/survey data to boost evidence-based policy making for the physical, mental, social, and economic well-being of older persons
Participants
  • Government officials from Asian Development Bank member economies
  • Experts in healthcare, population studies, and demographic transition from think tanks, universities, and international organizations
Output
  • Greater understanding of the importance of data for advancing population aging policy development
  • Policy recommendations for the sound development of population aging databases and data analysis
  • Presentations and related conference materials to be uploaded on the ADBI website
Partners
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development

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