Ageing experts from across the world will come together this week to consider how we can ensure that public policymakers ensure that our ageing world is an opportunity not a threat.

A symposium, to be held on 28 May 2012, brings together the 14 members of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance to explore “Productive Ageing: Conditions and Opportunities” on 28 May 2012.

At the symposium, Dr Alexandre Kalache of ILC-Brazil will give the 3rd ILC Robert Butler Memorial Lecture on the topic of “Productive ageing – an imperative in the 21st Century”.

Ahead of the lecture, Dr Kalache said:
“In the future we are going to age differently. We are starting to see role models who are active, demanding, wanting to work longer or enjoying more leisure. As baby-boomers they will want to have their voices heard. In their teens they created the social construct of adolescence, now they will develop a new transition: ‘gerontolescence’. It’s exciting because it’s a new stage of human development. Thus,  policy makers need to ensure we are prepared for the changes as a result of demographic change. Our ageing society threatens to become the greatest challenge for the 21st century if we don't have the right policies in place”.

This symposium will take place as part of the ILC Global Alliance annual meeting which is this year taking place in Prague, alongside the International Federation on Ageing Conference.

At the symposium:

Dr Françoise Forette (ILC-France), Mr Kunio Mizuta (ILC-Japan) and Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK) will speak on “Healthy and productive ageing: Barriers and incentives in the UK, Japan and France”

Dr Du Peng (ILC-China) and Mr Jayant Umranikar (ILC-India) will speak on “Productive ageing in India and China: The case in two Asian countries”

Dr Mary Ann Tsao (ILC Singapore) and Dr Sara Carmel (ILC Israel) will speak to the topic of  “Productive ageing in Israel and Singapore: Contrasts and similarities”

Dr Iva Holmerova (ILC-Czech Republic) will consider “Productive ageing – challenges and opportunities in the Czech Republic and CEE region”

Other active participants at the symposium include Dr Lia Daichman (ILC-Argentina) and Dr Rosy Pereyra (ILC-Dominican Republic).


The President of ILC-BR, Alexandre Kalache, is currently in Australia advancing the ageing agenda of the South Australian Government.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Columbia Aging Center celebrates the participants in its digital narrative project “Exceeding Expectations” ( 

The Columbia Aging Center has been following 20 older New Yorkers for two years with the aim of disrupting stereotypes of aging and portraying everyday life. Many of the 20 New Yorkers met for the first time on Oct. 24.

On October 17, ILC-BR organized a Symposium with three international speakers in São Paulo. The event took place in the auditorium of Iamspe (Institute for Medical Assistance to the Public Servant of the State of São Paulo).

On October 19 and 20, ILC-BR hosted the 5th International Longevity Forum in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s theme was the construction of resilience along the life course; a very timely topic given the ongoing crisis in Brazil.