In the decades ahead, China, like other countries, will have a very large older population, with many older adults who are relatively healthy and interested in being actively engaged. Contributions of older adults will be necessary for social and economic development of families, communities, and society.
In 2009, CSD organized a conference at Shandong University to advance international research and policy innovations in productive aging. The conference marked the first time that productive aging was considered at a national level in China. A special issue of the China Journal of Social Work was a product of the conference along with book in Chinese from the China Society Press.
At a second conference held on the campus of Peking University in August 2011, scholars from around the world addressed evidence-based practice and policy responses to the challenges of population aging in China.