Healthy Aging Summit to Address Global Aging

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On Tuesday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, the Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro and the USC Davis School of Gerontology will present a half-day Healthy Aging Summit to facilitate international policy discussion and shape the debate addressing global aging.

The summit will be held at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at USC, 3715 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles. Event sponsors include AARP and The Aratani Foundation.

“The Healthy Aging Summit is timely because it advances the discussion on how governments formulate public policy to address the needs of an aging society,” says Shawn Miyake, president and CEO of Keiro Senior HealthCare, noting that for the first time in history, the number of people 65 and older will soon outnumber those 5 and under.

“We are fortunate to have a distinguished panel of speakers to share their insights into how Japan, the oldest developed country in the world, is coping with its aged society; how it intends to create a sustainable system of care into the future; and how the United States’ long-term care system has been evolving to do the same,” continues Miyake.

The world is aging at an unprecedented rate. This population shift creates enormous changes in family structure, patterns of work and retirement, social insurance systems, and economic conditions.

The Healthy Aging Summit will highlight best practices and policy solutions to create a sustainable health and long-term care system for older adults. Summit topics will include:

“Population Aging in the World” by Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D., AARP chair of Gerontology, USC Davis School of Gerontology;

“Japan Public Policy on Aging” by Taichi Ono, professor (practitioner), Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo;

“U.S. Health Policy for an Aging Population” by Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D., Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Health Services Administration;

“Keiro Senior HealthCare’s Model of Care in the Japanese American Community” by Shawn Miyake, president and CEO of Keiro Senior HealthCare.

Keiro Senior HealthCare will present this event in conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, with support from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

To attend, visit www.keiro.org/summit2011 or call Kimberly Hayashi at (323) 980-2352.

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