The world is undergoing an unprecedented demographic transition.
Between now and 2050 every country will experience an increase in its average age and a rise in the proportion of older people. This issue has been well covered by a focus on an aging society.
However, something else is also happening. As well as there being more old people, how we are aging is changing. On average both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy are increasing. This creates a longevity agenda and the need for individuals and societies to create a “new map of life.”
We need a New Map of Life™ to seize the opportunities at all ages that longer healthier lives bring. It is also needed to ensure that as many people as possible live longer, healthier and fulfilled lives. With ever larger numbers of older people, the longevity agenda is crucial to minimize the costs of an aging society. Above all, the longevity agenda should help turn one of the greatest achievements of the last 100 years – global increases in healthy life expectancy – into a positive outcome for us all.
The need to do something is urgent – support is needed for the current old, but also to help those who are just being born structure their lives differently. It is also a global agenda – every country is embarking on this process even though they may start at very different positions.
Bellagio Meeting Attendees (click to enlarge)
Meeting at Rockefeller Bellagio Center
To investigate this longevity agenda, a group of experts was convened at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy in late September of 2019. The event was organized by the Stanford Center on Longevity and The Longevity Forum with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation and Prudential Assurance Company Singapore. Led by Professor Laura Carstensen of Stanford University and Professor Andrew Scott of London Business School, the meeting bought together experts from across the world – covering Africa, Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and US – and across disciplines – health experts, gerontologists, paediatricians, economists, educators, finance experts and investors – the meeting started to define what a global longevity agenda would look like.
The main objectives of the meeting were:
Investigate this longevity agenda, define its distinctive needs, and understand how these vary across countries.
Identify measures governments around the world can take to meet these needs.
Start to define what a global longevity agenda would look like.
To learn more about the meeting and participants, visit the meeting website.
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The New Map of Life: Six Principles to Guide Long Lived Societies
New roles and opportunities must be created so that people experience purpose, belonging, and worth at all stages of life
Education is a lifelong pursuit
Working longer will occur in multigenerational contexts
Money. Opportunities to earn and save must be available throughout life to ensure financial security
Advances in the science of aging must be distributed broadly in the population
Physical health and the prevention of disease is critical to achieving the promise of longevity
“A Longevity Agenda for Singapore”
Hosted at a November launch meeting by Prudential Singapore, the global longevity principles and agenda discussed by the experts at the Bellagio meeting are introduced in the context of “A Longevity Agenda for Singapore.” Read
“A Global Agenda for a New Map of Life” White Paper prepared for the Bellagio Global Longevity Agenda Meeting Read
"Life expectancy has risen, on average, by more than two years per decade since the 1960s. However, the latest available data suggest that life expectancy (has) stalled or even declined in several EU Member States." Source: Eurostat
Michele Barry Professor of Medicine & Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Stanford University
Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health See interview
Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at London Business School with Jack Rowe, Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging
Health Policy and Management at Columbia University
Michele Barry, Professor of Medicine & Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Stanford University; Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health with Andre Kengne, Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Director of the South African Medical Research Council, and Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo, Director General of the Instituto Nacional de Geriatría in Mexico
Julia Randell-Khan, Consulting Fellow at the Stanford Center on Longevity, New Map of Life with John Wong, Professor in Medical Sciences and Senior Vice President (Health Affairs) at the National University of Singapore, Wilf Blackburn, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Singapore, and Mary Ann Tsao, Vice Chairmen of Tsao Holdings
Julia Randell-Khan, Consulting Fellow at the Stanford Center on Longevity, New Map of Life with Paul Wise, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society at Stanford University.
Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at London Business School with Deborah Quazzo, Founder and Managing Partner, GSV AcceleraTE, and David Willetts, President of the Advisory Council and Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation
Julia Randell-Khan, Consulting Fellow at the Stanford Center on Longevity, New Map of Life with John Beard, Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales, Australia
Martha Deevy, Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director of theStanford Center on Longevity with K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India, and Jiehua Lu, Professor of Social Demography at Peking University