In the decades ahead, China, like other countries, will have a very large older population, with many older adults 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.
To address this issue, gerontology scholars from seven countries participated in a conference to advance international research and policy innovations in productive aging, with a focus specifically on China. 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 and a book in Chinese from the China Society were products of the conference. 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.
Funding Partners: Center for Social Development, Shandong University, Social Policy Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Development Asia at the National University of Singapore