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Extensive media coverage of the first dissemination summit on the United States of America, National Academy of Medicine (NAM)'s Global Roadmap for Health Longevity Report – Implementation in Asia held at the National University Health System on 25 August, highlighted remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and experts including Prof John Eu-Li Wong, Senior Advisor to National University Health System. In his opening address, Deputy Prime Minister Heng said that in order to better unleash the potential of people to contribute as they age, it is critical to unlock the "longevity dividend", which will in turn benefit people of all ages and societies around the globe.
The roadmap published in June 2022, is the result of three years' work by an international commission of experts from multiple domains to envision a world where people live longer lives, and how they can best do so through a whole-of society approach.
Dr Victor Dzau, President of NAM, said that if countries do not make changes to seize the opportunity that come with longer lives, they could face higher fiscal burdens, lower gross domestic product, and have more people living with poor health and being dependent on others.
Prof John Eu-Li Wong, Senior Advisor, National University Health System and Senior Vice President of Health Innovation and Translation, National University of Singapore and Co-Chair of the Commission for a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, USA NAM, shared the example of good housing, which is affordable and safe, with no step entry, wide doors and switches, and outlets at easily reachable heights.
Prof Linda Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, who co-chaired the report with Prof Wong, said designing for older adults often results in better design for all ages. She added that the money spent on keeping them healthy reaps huge rewards. She shared that delaying the onset of chronic conditions by one year is estimated to be worth US$37 trillion in the US alone.
Other experts, which include Prof Zhao Yaohui from China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University, and Prof Hiroki Nakatani from Keio University, spoke virtually at the Summit.
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