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

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.

Learning Objectives:

Colin Milner

International Council on Active Aging

Colin Milner is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging and founder of the active-aging industry in North America. Milner is also a leading authority on the health and well-being of the older adult, and has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of "the most innovative and influential minds" in the world on aging-related topics.

An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 300 articles. He has been published in such journals as Global Policy, and the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He also contributed a chapter to the World Economic Forum book Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise?

Milner's speeches have stimulated thousands of business and government leaders, industry professionals and older adults worldwide.


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Enrique Vega, MD, MPH

Unit Chief for the Healthy Life Course Unit
The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization

Dr. Vega, a native from Cuba, began his career as a medical doctor in La Habana, Cuba. After receiving his medical degree, he completed a specialization in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the Medical University of Havana and later became a research fellow on Geriatrics at the University of Goteborg in Sweden. From 1991-2005, Enrique was the Deputy Director of the Center of Research on Aging and Health in Havana Cuba and simultaneously held the position of the National Director for Elderly Care for the Ministry of Health in Cuba from 1998-2005. Dr. Vega was appointed as Secretary General of the Latin American Committee of the International Association of Gerontology (COMLAT-IAG) from 1999 until 2003. From 2000 until 2005, Dr. Vega also became the Chair of Health and Aging Cathedra for the National School of Public Health in Havana Cuba, where he also received his Master of Public Health and Aging. In 2001, Enrique was the founder of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Academy of Medicine of the Older Adult, which he continues to serve alongside more than 200 members. Prior to his time at PAHO/WHO, Dr. Vega was part of the core group who wrote the draft of the United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was later adopted by the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid in 2002. In 2006, Dr. Vega was appointed as the Regional Advisor on Aging and Health and was subsequently promoted in 2015 to his current position of Unit Chief for the Healthy Life Course Unit at PAHO/WHO. In his career, he has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications in national and international journals and books and travels extensively at the invitation of international meetings and congresses concerned with health and aging. Dr. Vega has continued to be active in academia and has been a Professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics at the Medical University of Havana since 1992 as well as teaching related courses both internationally and domestically.


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Ken Smith, MS

Senior Research Scholar and Mobility Director
Stanford Center on Longevity


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Alexandre Kalache, MD,PhD

International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance

Alexandre Kalache is the Co-President of the International Longevity Centers Global Alliance (ILC-GA), a seventeen country consortium of think-tanks on aging policy with consultative status to the United Nations. The ILC-GA is one of the many legacies of the legendary gerontologist Dr Robert Butler, the first director of the US National Institute of Aging. Dr Kalache has been a leading protagonist on world-wide aging policy for four decades as both academic (at the Universities of Oxford and London) and as international civil servant (as Director of the World Health Organization global program on aging). It was in the latter role that Dr Kalache conceived and launched the Age-friendly Cities movement and he continues to work tirelessly to expand its implementation throughout the world. For two years he helped to guide the award-winning Age-friendly New York City initiative from his base at the NY Academy of Medicine. Dr Kalache is a Brazilian physician and additionally serves as the inaugural President of the International Longevity Center-Brazil (ILC-BR) which he founded in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro in 2012.


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