APRU Population Aging Conference 2021

The 11th APRU Aging Population Virtual Conference encouraged research on a number of broad themes that not only survived with diminished functions related to aging but new ways to help the elderly develop and overcome limitations and were associated with transitions that changed the view of aging from “survive” to “develop”.

Hosted by the Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia, the theme of this year’s conference was Challenges and Resilience Related to Aging: Surviving and Thriving toward Successful Aging. The two-day event covered a board range of aging topics from dementia, mental health, long-term care to COVID-19. Over 260 people have attended the conference each day.

Sub-themes include

  1. Economic and Aging Society
  2. Technology and Health Care for Aging
  3. Dementia and Alzheimer
  4. Reproductive Health in Aging Population
  5. Nutrition and Aging
  6. Metabolic Syndrome
  7. Psychosocial Issue in Aging
  8. Others


 The Conference aimed

  • To provide a platform to engage with government and enterprise, and to support capacity building to improve the capacity of nations to deal with this aging challenge.
  • To raise awareness about the demographic shifts towards older populations
  • To address the challenges and reap the opportunities of population aging.
  • To provide policy makers with the evidentiary base for policy making, ensuring aging issues and the transition to an aged society does not hamper economic growth and overall quality of life of people in the region.


The Three Best Posters went to

Mohammad Ammar Alwandi (1st place), Central Bureau of Statistics, Indonesia
Second Demographic Dividend: The Opportunity for The Provinces of Java Island

Hannah Palejo (2nd place), University of The Philippines
Physical Activity, Fall Risk and Depression among Filipino Older Persons

Edwin Nugroho Njoto (3rd place), Udayana University
Title: Low Subcutaneous Fat as A Risk Factor for  Sarcopenia Among Elderly Women in Bali

The Three Best Oral Presentations went to

Aiko Kikkawa Takenaka (1st place), Asian Development Bank, Manila
Title: The Pattern of Labor Force Participation and Retirement of Older Persons: Review of Evidence from Advanced Economies and the Implications to Developing Asia.

Desy Nuri Fajarningtyas (2nd place), National Population and Family Planning Agency, Indonesia
Title: Empowering the Elderly: Implementation of Economic Function.

Suey Yeung (3rd place),The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Title: Certain dietary patterns are associated with GLIM criteria among Chinese community-dwelling older adults: A cross-sectional analysis.



View the conference proceeding here.
Watch the day 1 and day 2 recordings.



The inaugural video competition on ‘Impact of pandemic Covid-19 on aging communities’ was held along with the APRU Population Aging Conference.

The top three winning teams are

  • Team Knowledge Hub (1st place) from Universitas Indonesia (video)
  • Generation Connect Project (2nd place) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (video)
  • The Madeline Team (3rd place) from Universitas Indonesia (video)

Find out more information about the video competition here.

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