Plenary Panel: Leveraging Technology and International Examples to Age in Place
Tuesday, July 17
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level
Enrique Vega, MD, MPH
Unit Chief for the Healthy Life Course Unit
The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization
Ken Smith, MS
Senior Research Scholar and Mobility Director
Stanford Center on Longevity
For decades, most older Americans have said they want to age in place. As recently as 2014, AARP’s research shows that "87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among people age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place.1” Is this realistic? Will these individuals have the capacity to age in place? Will society be able to support this decision?
This session will explore new and interesting models, policies, best practices, and promising practices from around the world that governments, associations, NGO’s, organizations, corporations, families, and individuals can learn from. Presenters will offer insights into rethinking aging around changing expectations, needs, wants, and aspirations for aging in place, and how other countries and cultures are responding to these changes. Presenters will ask and answer the questions: “What role will new and existing technologies will play?” and “How can technology impact an aging population’s capacity to age in place?” Presenters will explore topics ranging from functional abilities (physical, cognitive, social), to intrinsic capacities, to health and wellbeing.
1. AARP PPI. “What is Livable Community Preference of Older Adults,” April 2014.
- Describe the epidemiology of the global aging population.
- List strategies that other countries are adopting to realize age-friendly communities.
- Describe the potential impact of technology on the aging populations’ ability to age in place.