|The 4th Aging Society Forum (July 11 - 2:00 pm to 5:00pm)|
The 4th Aging Society Forum: Exploring New Roles of the Elderly in the Age of Aging
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Korea is aging fastest in the world. The number of over-65s in the country was 3.4 million in 2000, accounting for 7% of the population. But this year the figure will rise to 7.08 million, representing 13.8% of the population. By 2025, an estimated 20% of the population will be over 65. With ever-rising longevity, older Koreans are likely to spend an increasing number of years in old age. These are raising concerns about huge fiscal strains on society and social sustainability. There are, however, positivie changes as well; today's 65-year-olds are much healthier and more educated. Considering all this, in addition to the government's efforts to advance welfare policy for the aged, we also need to explore ways to turn older persons into more active particpants in various roles to make their old age more vigorous while contributing to society.
It is expected that with their wisdom and resources, older people can create a more positive image of their own through various productive activities. Also, older persons' active social participation will help materialize their active aging and higher standard of living. It will thus contribute to intergenerational integration and social sustainability.
Against this backdrop, the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs is hosting the 4th Aging Society Forum under the theme of 'Exploring New Roles of the Elderly in the Age of Aging.' It is our hope that this forum will draw policy implications as we explore the current trends of the elderly's roles at home and abroad and ways to change public perceptions of the roles of today's old.
We hope you can join us and share your valuable opinions.
- Bo Whan WOO, the Korea Senior Citizens Association
- Soon Dol JEONG, Ewha Womens University
- Yoon Kyung JEONG, Han Nam University
- Jin Sook CHOI, the Korea Golden Age Forum
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