A multi-disciplinary, inter-generational and international space for exchanging knowledge about longevity, the ambition of the Global Forum for Longevity is to open up new avenues into this phenomenon...
Longevity is now an issue for all developed countries; in the very near future, within 20 to 30 years, it will be China and India’s turn to face the challenge of increasingly swift population ageing, under the combined effect of a collapse in birth rate and the increase in life expectancy – and soon afterwards, it will be the Southern countries’ that will be affected.
Longevity concerns everyone whatever their age, it impacts inter-generational relations and solidarity; preparedness begins from the adult years and it is quite possible that the basic conditions are set from the earliest age, by genetic and socio-economic factors; as it becomes more widespread, it will shake up the way people behave at all ages and redefine the major stages of life.
Despite the progress made by researchers, the causes and consequences of longevity remain all the more elusive as they are governed by a wide variety of often-interdependent factors. For this reason, the prospects for improving life expectancy cannot be considered without bringing together the very different perspectives from the fields of demographics, societal research and biomedicine.
For companies, individuals, corporations and beyond, all of us have multiple challenges to take up with respect to longevity, and not only in light of the economic and medical issues connected with very old age. Yet at the same time, the prospect of extending our lifespan and pushing back the bounds of healthy ageing also tells of many positive contributions for the economy and for society.