The forum, International Conference for Healthy Aging and Lifestyle, will be held by National Center for Geriatrics and Welfare Research of the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI), at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) in Taipei, Taiwan, from 11 to 12 November, 2022. The aim of this event is to establish a Global Aging Cohort Consortium against the growing worldwide Silver Tsunami, through information exchange and consultation with illustrious experts around the world.
In Taiwan, there are two official long-term aging cohort studies. The Healthy Aging Longitudinal Study in Taiwan (HALST) of NHRI is a prospective cohort study which has been working on investigating multidimensional determinants of healthy aging for older Taiwan population since 2009, including lifestyle behaviors and genetic, metabolic and inflammatory factors. Additionally, Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Aging (TLSA) of Health Promotion Administration has been conducting a national baseline survey for health status and wellbeing of the middle-aged and elderly in Taiwan since 1987, including physical function, disability, illness, mental health, health behavior, and the utilization of preventive health care. On the first day schedule of international conference, we have invited renowned experts in gerontology from Canada (Prof. Gustavo Duque), Hong Kong (Prof. Jean Woo), Italy (Prof. Francesco Landi), Ireland (Prof. Román Romero Ortuño), Japan (Prof. Hidenori Arai & Prof. Takao Suzuki), South Korea (Prof. Chang Won Won), Taiwan (Prof. Chih-Cheng Hsu & Dr. Wei-Ju Li), and United States (Prof. Jeremy D. Walston), to interact physically or virtually and share their outstanding achievements on academic research.
On the second day, our local scholar researchers will demonstrate the research accomplishments of their successful cohort studies in Taiwan, inclusive of Longitudinal Aging Study of Taipei (LAST) (Dr. Li-Ning Peng), Central obesity and elevated blood pressure in middle life associated with physical and cognitive function decline in later life: CVDFACTS study (Dr. Shao-Yuan Chuang), Taiwan Longitudinal Study for Health of Octogenarians (TLSHO) (Dr. Pi-Shan Hsu), Dietary inflammatory patterns and frailty (HALST) (Dr. Shu-Chun Chuang), Tianliao Old People (TOP) study / Douliu Osteoporosis Prevention Study (Dr. Chih-Hsing Wu), Healthy Aging and Life Style: Results from the NTU TIGER Study (Dr. Jen-Hau Chen), DYNapenia And Sarcopenia in Taipei CitY : study from Tri-Service General Hospital (DYNASTY-TSGH) (Dr. Tung-Wei Kao), Insomnia, sedative-hypnotic use, and frailty (Dr. Chi-Shin Wu).
Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22%. Globalization, technological developments (e.g., in transport and communication), urbanization, migration and changing gender norms are influencing the lives of older people in direct and indirect ways. A public health response must take stock of these current and projected trends and frame policies accordingly. By means of delivering the latest knowledge and experience, we hope a cohort research consortium will be accomplished to face this crucial and urgent issue. Furthermore, global consensual strategies, as illustrations, creation of age-friendly environments, formation of preventative services and interventions, construction of livable urban areas that encourage healthy behaviors, and so on, are eagerly anticipated to be addressed to meet the challenge of oncoming aging/aged society as well.
Enquiries：Hung-Ju Chen Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org；+886-37-206-166 #51007)
Organizer：National Center for Geriatrics and Welfare Research, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan