Aging & Inclusive Development: Getting Ahead of the Curve
On June 2, 2016 HelpAge USA hosted a conference titled "Ahead of the Curve: Aging & Inclusive Development." This event brought together key people from both the aging and development communities to explore the intersection of these two disciplines - an important step in achieving the sustainable development goals.
What happened at Ahead of the Curve?
We began the day with an address from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee, who left us with three key ideas:
- We need to form different partnerships, have different conversations, and shift the way we talk about global aging.
- We need to find and see older people in the current work that we are each doing; recognize how we are impacting older people and understand what investments are needed.
- We need to pay attention to, and find the gaps for investments that will help all of us as we age.
Our Invisible Older Women panel discussed the multitude of issues facing women over the age of 49, including poverty, lack of rights, and a lack of disaggregated data. You can see more about their discussion in the infographic below.
The Healthy Aging panel discussed the many ways in which health care systems can be improved for aging populations. This covered the use of mobile health and technology solutions, the treatment of non-communicable diseases such as dementia or hypertension, and the need for a comprehensive global strategy on aging.
We closed out the event with a discussion between Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee and Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID, Ariel Pablos-Méndez. They covered a number of topics including universal health care and long term care, the role of technology and partnerships as well as a discussion on potential policy changes and financing needs.