Healthy & Active Aging in Asia

2017–Present

For more than a decade, JCIE has been a leader in policy research and dialogue in the health sector through its Global Health and Human Security Program. As an extension of this, we began looking at the critical impact of aging on Japanese and other societies. Rapid population aging is one of the key challenges faced not only by Japan but by an increasing number of ASEAN and East Asian countries. Countries are at different stages in the demographic shift, Japan being the most advanced, but others like the Korea, China, and Thailand are not far behind. And as life expectancy improves in the coming decades, many more countries will also be joining the ranks of aging societies, placing strains on health systems and having a significant mid- to long-term impact on the region’s economies.

In 2017, we launched a new program on Healthy and Active Aging in Asia, to be carried out in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and in close consultation with the government of Japan’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). The program promotes bilateral and regional cooperation on aging in Asia by disseminating information on trends, policies, and best practices; deepening international networks among aging experts; and educating leaders on effective responses to the shared challenges and opportunities that aging populations present.

KEY INITIATIVES

AHWIN Website Development and Management

Dialogues on Healthy Aging in Asia (see news below)

Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation

JCIE created and manages the AHWIN website, which offers data and resources on aging
New award for innovative approaches to aging in Asia

PROGRAM NEWS


Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

July 20, 2022 | Bangkok, Thailand

JCIE staff participated in the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to discuss progress on the action plan and…


WEBINAR | Older People Associations (OPAs) Development in Asia

July 1, 2022 | Online

JCIE is collaborating with HelpAge International, Vietnam in hosting a side event on the promotion and development of older people’s associations


WEBINAR | Promoting the Development and Transfer of Technology to Improve the Lives of Older Adults

May 11, 2022 (USA: May 10) | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will co-host a webinar on community-based integrated care.


WEBINAR | Community-Based Integrated Care for Asia’s Aging Populations

April 26, 2022 (USA: April 25) |

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will co-host a webinar on community-based integrated care.


AHWIN Papers No. 3: The Path to Community-Based Integrated Care

Tomoko Sakota

April 2022 |

The third publication in the “AHWIN Papers” series covers Japan’s transition to community-based integrated care to address the challenges of its older population.


2021 AHWIN Researchers Virtual Roundtable

December 13, 2021 | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) convened a meeting of about three dozen researchers to share information about their work with one another, compare notes, and d…


Why Oral Health Matters for an Aging Asia—Addressing Oral Health in the Context of Healthy Longevity

September 7, 2021 | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) co-hosted a webinar on the importance of oral health when it comes to healthy longevity.


Winners of 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Announced

July 30, 2021 | Online

The winners of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation have been announced!


Leveraging Technology for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing: Experiences of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

May 2021 |

This report is on the utilization of technology and effective policy interventions to support older persons in China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. It was published by the United Nations Economic…


AHWIN Papers No. 2: The Impact and Future of Japan’s 8020 Campaign

Dr. Midori Tsuneishi and Dr. Tamotsu Sato

April 2021 |

The second publication in the “AHWIN Papers” series covers Japan’s nationwide campaign to help people retain more teeth into their later years, the success of which offers an important model for promo…


Webinar | Building Dementia-Friendly Communities in Asia Pacific

March 24, 2021 | Online

As we face an era of global aging, the number of people living with dementia is projected to double by 2040, and the majority will be living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Such regions h…


Researchers Meeting | The Impact of COVID-19 on the Cross-Border Movement of the Long-Term Care Workforce

November 24, 2020 | Online

Capitalizing on this year’s gathering in Japan of health ministers and government officials for the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, JCIE worked with the Government of Japan and ERIA to co-organize the…


Winners of 1st Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Announced

July 31, 2020 | Online

The winners of the inaugural Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation were presented in a Livestream event hosted by JCIE and ERIA.


AHWIN Papers | Responding to the Needs of Older Persons During a Pandemic

Prepared by Kim Gould Ashizawa and Stephen McHugh

June 2020 |

The inaugural AHWIN Paper draws on an online panel discussion that explored what policy lessons can be learned from the experiences of the United States, Japan, and Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandem…


Webinar | Responding to the Needs of Older People During the COVID-19 Pandemic—Sharing Lessons Learned

May 28, 2020 | Online

This webinar shared lessons from the United States on how the epidemic has impacted older persons, particularly those in long-term care facilities and offered a platform to share observations on the U…