IAGG/WHO Special Symposium on Age Friendly Cities – Metrics and Evaluation Issues
20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics
23–27 June 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea
The WHO Kobe Centre organized the “IAGG/WHO Special Symposium on Age Friendly Cities – Metrics and Evaluation Issues” at the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics on 26 June, 2013, in Seoul, Korea. The Symposium received sponsorship from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, which recently joined the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities.
The World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics is a major vehicle through which IAGG achieves its objectives. Held every four years, internationally recognized experts in gerontology and geriatrics share their knowledge and experience through plenary presentations, invited symposia, paper and poster sessions. The 20th World Congress of Gerontology was held in Seoul, Korea from June 23rd to 27th, 2013.
The IAGG/WHO Special Symposium featured WHO Kobe Centre’s presentation of its achievements so far in developing indicators for monitoring the age-friendliness of cities, globally. The Symposium was chaired by John Beard, Director, WHO Dept of Ageing and Life Course. Other presentations highlighted age-friendly city initiatives and evaluation efforts among the Global Alliance for Healthy Cities in the Western Pacific Region and Japanese municipalities participating in the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES), as well as in the Age Friendly Cities of Ottawa, Canada and Seoul, Korea. Active discussions with the audience generated valuable inputs which will contribute to the further development of indicators for age-friendly cities.
Official Programme of the 20th IAGG World Congress:
IAGG/WHO Special Symposium on Age Friendly Cities
– Metrics and Evaluation Issues
Healthy Cities for Active Ageing in the WHO Western Pacific Region
Dr Katrin Engelhardt, WHO/WPRO
Status and Future Plan of Age-friendly City Seoul: Its Evaluation and Development Plan
Dr Sang-Chul Lee, Seoul Welfare Foundation, Seoul, Korea
JAGES HEART 2012: Achievements and challenges
Dr Katsunori Kondo, Nihon Fukushi University, Nagoya, Japan
Testing the WHO Global Age Friendly City Indicators in Ottawa, Canada
Dr Louise Plouffe, International Longevity Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Developing Indicators for Age Friendly Cities
Mr Amit Prasad, WHO Kobe Centre