Creating a global roadmap for healthy longevity

CEPAR researchers have been appointed as members of the US National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) International Commission on Creating a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity.


The appointees John Piggott and John Beard are both researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).


John Piggott, who is the Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and a Scientia Professor of Economics at UNSW Sydney said, “it is truly the ageing century. Population ageing is exerting unprecedented pressures on long-established social norms and policy institutions, both in Australia and around the world.”


“To give some idea of the challenge, 617 million, or 8.5% of people today worldwide, are aged 65 and over, and over the next three decades this figure is projected to more than double, reaching 1.6 billion by 2050,” he said.


John Piggott and John Beard join a multidisciplinary and global team of seventeen thought leaders, from both the public and private sectors, with expertise in biological and behavioural sciences, medicine, health care, public health, engineering, technology, economics and policy. Together they have been tasked with identifying the necessary priorities and directions for improving health, productivity, and quality of life for older adults worldwide.


“We will assess the evidence across three domains: social, behavioural, and environmental enablers; health care systems and public health; and science and technology,” said CEPAR Professor John Beard, who is a former Director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Department of Ageing and Life Course.


“We will develop a comprehensive report with evidence-based recommendations to show how challenges, presented by global ageing, can be translated into opportunities for societies globally,” he said.


CEPAR Director John Piggott said: “This roadmap will include actionable recommendations to guide a wide range of stakeholders in devising integrated, systems-based approaches for improving the health span and cultivating the health, productivity, and wellbeing of older populations.”


The international commission-authored report is expected to be released by 2021, recommending global priorities and actions to be addressed by 2030 to optimise the health, function, and wellbeing of all people into later life.


CEPAR is a multi-institutional research centre comprising over 180 economists, demographers, actuaries, epidemiologists, psychologists and sociologists, undertaking evidence-based research to inform governments, businesses, and consumers on how to prepare and make better decisions for an ageing world.


2 August 2019.