World Population Program Deputy Director Sergei Scherbov will present latest IIASA research at the Fourth Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology.

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Under the conference theme “Surviving and thriving in times of change”, the Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2018 (AGen2018) aims to integrate results from different disciplines, fields, and model systems, as well as innovative technological and experimental approaches, into groundbreaking new ideas that challenge existing paradigms regarding aging. AGen2018 discusses analysis which address the ways in which change is impacting the lives of the elderly, and the live of the current generations who will join the ranks of the aged in years to come.

Sergei Scherbov will present latest research from the Reassessing Ageing from a Population Perspective (Re-Ageing) project, entitled “Aging in the World: Aging Demographic Datasheet 2018”, coauthored by Warren Sanderson and Stefanie Andruchowitz. In his presentation, he will show how redefining old age based on changing characteristics of people provide a more accurate assessment of the challenges of population aging and the effects of policies to overcome them. For many years Scherbov together with Warren Sanderson have developed new measures of age and aging in demographic research. They suggest to broaden research methods to account for significant increases in life expectancy, as the focus on chronological age of people alone provides a limited picture of the process, one that is often not appropriate for either scientific study or policy analysis. Their groundbreaking results have been published in Nature and Science and other high level journals. Scherbov is also PI of the Re-Aging project at IIASA that, among other things, ascertains the extent to which advanced societies are actually aging in multiple dimensions, including health, cognitive abilities, and longevity.

The AGen2018 will be held between 08 – 11 June 2018 at the Art Center Kobe in Japan.

For more information please visit the event website.