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In January, the Columbia Aging Center hosted Asghar Zaidi, PhD, Professor in International Social Policy at the University of Southampton for a lecture that was also a side event during the United Nations’ 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development.

Dr. Zaidi presented key findings of the European Active Ageing Index (AAI) and discussed how the index could be developed further to become a global measure of older people’s active and healthy aging and well-being.  Dr. John W. Rowe, faculty member of the Columbia Aging Center and the Mailman School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management, introduced Dr. Zaidi; and Dr. Ruth Finkelstein served as discussant.

Dr. Zaidi has led the research effort of the European Active Ageing Index project and more recently has begun a collaboration with HelpAge International, where he developed the Global AgeWatch index.


Left to right: Asghar Zaidi, Ruth Finkelstein (Associate Director, Columbia Aging Center), Ursula Staudinger (Director, Columbia Aging Center); and John W. Rowe (Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member)

 

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