By Melissa Keogh
Experts in the business of ageing well will converge on Adelaide next month to talk about one of life’s inevitable processes – getting old.
With South Australia’s ageing population set to rise by more than 70% by 2050, Adelaide will lead the national dialogue on ageing by hosting the inaugural Ageing Well Revolution Conference on November 22-23.
The conference will challenge delegates to re-think the concept of ageing, the importance of cognitive health and opportunities for Australian businesses to capitalise on the ageing Asia-Pacific demographic.
It’s estimated that by 2050 the world’s population of people aged 60 will grow from 547 million to more than 1.3 billion.
Total pension payments in China are expected to reach $595 billion by 2020.
International ageing experts will attend the conference to share their insights into how businesses can turn the opportunity into economic prosperity.
Economic Development Board chair Raymond Spencer says the expert panel is a testament to SA’s commitment to ageing well and its acknowledgement of the opportunities to be found in the sector.
He says the conference will be valuable to entrepreneurs, providers, investors, not-for-profit organisations, small business and industry leaders.
“We’re bringing together some of the world’s greatest thought leaders in the ageing sphere to inspire delegates to shift their mindset and truly realise the importance of ageing well,” Raymond says.
“Delegates will learn from the best in the business about the role they can play in connecting consumers, products and communities for the greater good of the state, the nation and the demographic as a whole.”
Headlined by founder and executive director of Neuroscape Dr Adam Gazzaley, the conference will also welcome the International Longevity Centre’s Dr Alexandre Kalache, University of Michigan’s Victor Strecher, and social commentator Bernard Salt.
The Impossible Institute’s Kieran Flanagan and Dan Gregory will encourage delegates to rethink the concept of ageing and what it means to head into life’s mature years, while IBM Watson Health’s Dr Terry Sweeney will discuss what’s new in cognitive health.
Austrade’s China adviser, Dr Chuyang Liu, will discuss access opportunities into Asia.
The Ageing Well Revolution Conference is run by the Economic Development Board.
To register visit www.ageingwellrevolution.com.au