Cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for low-income ageing populations are up for discussion at an ASEAN-UK workshop held at Le Quy Don Technical University in Hanoi from August 22 to 24. Photo: British Council in Vietnam The workshop is being organized by the University of Greenwich in the UK, Le Quy Don Technical University, and the Asian Technology Institute in Thailand, with support from a Researcher Links grant from the Newton Fund. Population ageing is one of the most important issues and topics on the global agenda because of its impact on quality of life and the sustainable economic development of countries and regions. Factors include declining fertility rates and/or rising life expectancy. Most countries have rising life expectancy and an ageing population and such trends emerged first in more economically-developed countries but are now seen in less economically-developed countries. The UN predicts that the rate of population ageing in the 21st century will exceed that of the previous century, and the senior and geriatric population will reach 2.1 billion by 2050. By 2040, the greying of the population in ASEAN could shrink the number of working-age adults by between 10 and 15 per cent. The number of senior citizens… Read full this story
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