Rapid urbanization and an aging population are two inexorable and intersecting demographic trends in Asia-Pacific region as a result of challenges for public health and socioeconomic development. 55% of the world’s population live in urban areas. This proportion is growing, especially in the Asia. Also, the total number of people over 60 is set to double by 2050, rising from 1 billion to 2 billion, with 80% living in low- and middle-income economies. Currently, many economies in the Asia-Pacific region are facing rising trends in the prevalence of chronic diseases and associated healthcare costs in ageing societies. Technology innovation is considered a golden opportunity to support and empower an ageing population to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. Economies need to create age-friendly and sustainable urban environments through the application of technology innovation, where people from every background live and work together in harmony and safety.
In response to the trend of the ageing population, age-friendly cities have been promoted since 2010, and have been implemented across all 22 counties and cities in Chinese Taipei since 2013. In the meanwhile, active ageing programs, including the execution of smart healthy weight and nutrition management model and integrated care for chronic disease policies with technology innovation. Furthermore, to motivate every part of society toward sustainability, we also launched a green hospital movement, beginning in 2010 where hospitals were called upon to pledge to reduce their carbon foot print well into the year 2020. Since each economy might respond differently to the actual challenges with various approaches towards potential solutions, we expect this project to facilitate all APEC economies to identify the major challenge and constrains in their economies and strengthen exchanges and cooperation to explore diversified paths to support people to stay active and productive as they age among the Asia-Pacific region.