ES1-6 Ageing : living longer and healthier or just longer ?


An increasing number of people are living over the age of 60. In countries like France or Switzerland life expectancy in 1900 was around 45 years. Today it is over 82 years. It is over 75 years in countries like Brazil, Iran or China. Population aging is a worldwide phenomenon with far reaching global health consequences. No doubt countries are facing major challenges such as increasing age means increasing incidence of chronic diseases putting health systems under stress, forcing them to adapt and respond to the new needs of the aging population. More coordinated patient centered approaches, long term care and interdisciplinary approach of care could allow elderly persons to be able to continue to live at home as most of them wish.

What is the economic impact of increasing health-care costs? What are also the opportunities related to aging and new services and industries emerging? What role the various technologies can play to keep elderly persons independent. Clearly ICT can have a critical impact on facilitating “aging on place”, breaking isolation, promoting interpersonal communication and improving living conditions. Living longer and healthier is the goal, but keeping in mind that the quality of life is even more important.



The session will address challenges related to the impact of aging on health systems and the economy and what role technologies can play to influence the current trends.



Freymond Jean Geneva DialogueSwitzerland
Al Hafez Tayeb Global Health Equity FoundationUSA
Bear John World Health OrganizationSwitzerland
Drzeniek Margareta World Economic ForumSwitzerland
Loutan Louis Geneva University Hospitals –UNI3Switzerland



Location: Date: April 11, 2018 Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am Al Hafez Tayeb Bear John Drzeniek Margareta Freymond Jean Loutan Louis