Public Forum - When Zurich meets HK: Working together towards the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020 – 2030

Date: October 25, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
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Public Forum - When Zurich meets HK: Working together towards the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020 – 2030

The University of Zurich and the University of Hong Kong are at the forefront of the WHO’s push for a 2020-2030 “Decade of Healthy Ageing”. It is based on the new concept of healthy ageing co-developed at the University of Zurich and published in the first World Report on Ageing and Health (2015). This new concept represents a paradigm shift in international thinking about ageing and health. Instead of focusing on illness symptoms alone, it puts the functional abilities of ageing individuals in their real life environments on the center stage. It requires innovative ways to measure healthy ageing in real life environments and provides a framework for systematically tailoring and incentivizing individualized healthy ageing interventions to improve real life functioning on a population and global scale.
 
The public forum will focus on the strategic importance and opportunity of joint leadership between the two universities to use our research capability to promote healthy ageing in both Europe and Asia. It will highlight the opportunities of combining high-level expertise on big health data with state-of-the-art conceptual frameworks, allowing to determine on the population scale how our environments can be designed to maximize opportunities for healthy ageing in both regions and worldwide.
 
Keynote Speakers include:              

Professor Michael Hengartner, President of University of Zurich
Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Lam Ching Choi, BBS, JP, Chairman of Elderly Commission
Professor Mike Martin, Professor of Gerontopsychology and Gerontology, University of Zurich
Professor Terry Lum, Henry G Leong Professor in Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

 
Round table discussion on the roles of universities in promoting healthy ageing will be host. Participants include scholars from the University of Zurich and The University of Hong Kong.