Healthy & Active Aging in Asia

2017–Present

For more than a decade, JCIE has been a leader in policy research and dialogue in the health sector through its Global Health and Human Security Program. As an extension of this, we began looking at the critical impact of aging on Japanese and other societies. Rapid population aging is one of the key challenges faced not only by Japan but by an increasing number of ASEAN and East Asian countries. Countries are at different stages in the demographic shift, Japan being the most advanced, but others like the Korea, China, and Thailand are not far behind. And as life expectancy improves in the coming decades, many more countries will also be joining the ranks of aging societies, placing strains on health systems and having a significant mid- to long-term impact on the region’s economies.

In 2017, we launched a new program on Healthy and Active Aging in Asia, to be carried out in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and in close consultation with the government of Japan’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). The program promotes bilateral and regional cooperation on aging in Asia by disseminating information on trends, policies, and best practices; deepening international networks among aging experts; and educating leaders on effective responses to the shared challenges and opportunities that aging populations present.

KEY INITIATIVES

AHWIN Website Development and Management

Dialogues on Healthy Aging in Asia (see news below)

Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation

JCIE created and manages the AHWIN website, which offers data and resources on aging
New award for innovative approaches to aging in Asia

PROGRAM NEWS


WEBINAR | Disaster Preparedness and Response for Aging Populations

June 21, 2024 (Asia) | June 20, 2024 (USA) | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) co-hosted a webinar on how national and local government and communities can better prepare and respond to disasters, particular…


AHWIN Papers No. 4: Disaster Preparedness for Aging Populations—Lessons from Japan

Dr. Hiroko Okuda and Dr. Jun Tomio

February 2024 |

The fourth publication in the “AHWIN Papers” series examines Japan’s actions to improve disaster preparedness to better safeguard the country’s aging population.


2023 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Grand Prize Winners’ Study Tour

November 6–10, 2023 | Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Saitama, Japan

Ten representatives from organizations across  five countries in Asia who had received a grand prize as part of our Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI) travelled to Japan for a weeklong st…


JCIE Staff Conduct Site Visit to Aging-Related Organizations in South Korea

March 21–24, 2023 | Busan and Hadong, South Korea

Members of the aging program team from JCIE traveled to South Korea for a series of site visits and meetings in Busan and the rural province of Hadong, where the team learned how the rapid declining b…


2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Award Ceremony

November 8, 2022 | Tokyo and Online

The winners of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation have been announced!


AHWIN Forum on Harnessing the Power of Technology for Healthy Aging in Asia

November 8, 2022 | Tokyo & Online

The 2022 AHWIN Forum focused on regional efforts to translate data and innovations into better policies, products, and programs for healthy aging and care for older persons, and discussed best practic…


Winners of 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Announced

September 29, 2022 | Online

The winners of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation have been announced!


Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

July 20, 2022 | Bangkok, Thailand

JCIE staff participated in the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to discuss progress on the action plan and…


WEBINAR | Older People Associations (OPAs) Development in Asia

July 1, 2022 | Online

JCIE is collaborating with HelpAge International, Vietnam in hosting a side event on the promotion and development of older people’s associations


WEBINAR | Promoting the Development and Transfer of Technology to Improve the Lives of Older Adults

May 11, 2022 (USA: May 10) | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will co-host a webinar on community-based integrated care.


WEBINAR | Community-Based Integrated Care for Asia’s Aging Populations

April 26, 2022 (USA: April 25) |

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will co-host a webinar on community-based integrated care.


AHWIN Papers No. 3: The Path to Community-Based Integrated Care

Tomoko Sakota

April 2022 |

The third publication in the “AHWIN Papers” series covers Japan’s transition to community-based integrated care to address the challenges of its older population.


2021 AHWIN Researchers Virtual Roundtable

December 13, 2021 | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) convened a meeting of about three dozen researchers to share information about their work with one another, compare notes, and d…


Why Oral Health Matters for an Aging Asia—Addressing Oral Health in the Context of Healthy Longevity

September 7, 2021 | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) co-hosted a webinar on the importance of oral health when it comes to healthy longevity.


Winners of 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Announced

July 30, 2021 | Online

The winners of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation have been announced!