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Author: Department of Finance and Personnel
Published on 17 August 2011 02:30 PM

Ageing is transforming the world – more and more people are living longer and longer but the extra years bring a range of challenges for individuals, families and public bodies.

These challenges are worldwide. China along with India has a good fraction of the world’s elderly population, but by 2050 China is expected to have as many people aged 65 or more than the entire current population of the United States of America.

These are just some of topics being addressed at an International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) conference in Belfast this week.

The organisation of the conference is being assisted locally by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and is being held in Queen’s University. There will be around 100 delegates from 25 countries attending.

The theme of the conference is “The Ageing Population”. A number of distinguished speakers will cover a variety of topics including the social and economic policy impacts of population ageing and the impact of ageing in the developed and developing worlds.

The keynote speaker is Dr Richard Suzman who is Director of the Division of Behavioural and Social Research at the United States National Institute on Aging. Dr Suzman said: “I was delighted to be asked by the conference organisers to give the keynote address. The World’s population is ageing at an unprecedented rate.

“Improved health and longevity should be viewed primarily as a success story, however the continued growth in the number of older people across the world brings challenges for public policy. This conference will provide a focus on ageing research and link those who provide the essential figures in a wide range of age-related policy areas.”

Welcoming the conference delegates, Dr Norman Caven, Chief Executive of NISRA said: “This conference provides a valuable opportunity for statisticians and researchers to come together and exchange findings from a range of perspectives and countries.”

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575