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The Europe and Asia Forum on Active Aging and Intergenerational Solidarity, jointly organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore, the EU Centre in Singapore and supported by the Council for Third Age, Singapore, was held on 30 November 2012 in commemoration of the 2012 European Year of active ageing and solidarity between generations.
The guest-of-honour, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, Singapore, delivered the opening address, in which he emphasised that an ageing population is not a crisis, if we are prepared for it. The society and its people would need to change their mindsets and changes in both the hard and soft infrastructures and work-life cycles have to be made to cater to an aging society (see The Straits Times report below).
The forum participants were academics, policymakers and practitioners from countries of both regions such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, Taiwan, Korea, Sweden, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, which provided for invigorating comparative discussions on policy implications of ageing society. The Forum addressed challenges in labour policy, lifelong learning and urban planning and design.
Some fundamental concepts in ageing policies were also revisited and debated. For instance, it was highlighted that policymakers should not formulate policies for the elderly as a compartmentalised group, since younger generations of people would one day have to deal with ageing issues – they should be prepared for active ageing too. Policies should be inclusive and designed to take into consideration the whole work-life cycle.
In the media:
The Straits Times, 3 December 2012, ‘Ageing society needs mindset change: Minister’