Linda. P. Fried, the Dean of Mailman School of Public Health,Columbia University, accepted the interview from ICS (the International Channel of Shanghai)

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Linda. P. Fried, the Dean of Mailman School of Public Health,Columbia University, accepted the interview from ICS (the International Channel of Shanghai)

October 28, 2016

 

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Fudan University’s School of Public Health hosted a three-day summit "The Columbia-Fudan Global Summit on Aging & Health: A Dialogue on Research, Policy, Health Systems and Industry Initiatives", with scientists, policymakers and industry experts on aging all around the world. Discussions covered a third demographic dividend, the science of aging, and the examples and policies that support successful aging societies. Participating experts also reviewed best practices from different countries and regions within China, including how cross-sector dialog on aging and health can provide valuable insights for Chinese policymakers, researchers and business leaders. The conference has set the stage for creating a third demographic dividend that capitalizes on the social capital of older adults that leads to stronger and wealthier societies.

 

Linda. P. Fried, the Dean of Mailman School of Public Health,Columbia University, and Wen Chen, Dean, School of Public Health, Fudan University, gave their opening keynotes speeches on behalf of respective sponsors from China and other countries. Dean Linda Fried emphasized that this conference aims to establish a cooperation mechanism involving scientists, governments, gurus of business, and International organizations relevant with aging. In addition to that, she also mentioned that it is a significant chance for caring the needs of aged group, learning different experiences from disparate fields, and discussing the applicability in various cultures.

 

During the conference, Dean Fried accepted the interview from ICS (the International Channel of Shanghai), shared her view about the third demographic dividend, how government can improve the public health as well as how cities like Shanghai could promote the health of aging people. As Dean Linda has mentioned, with the increasing life of senior people,how to transform this benefit to the wellbeing of the whole community has become one of the fruits of this conference. Meanwhile, not only the aging population, but also how to educate the younger people to lead a healthy life should also be emphasized in order to prolong the life of the whole society. Dean Linda also said that government should solve the worsening pollution of city for the public health, and megacities like Shanghai can allow people who are willing to delay the time of retirement, recruit more female employees and engage more aging people in the rest of community. Moreover, she also shared the experiences back to New York -- 59 approaches aiming to improve the wellbeing of senior people,and introduced a program launched by her named "Experience Corps" in which aging people are encouraged to spend their time in the works of local community so as to stay healthy.