The Silver Economy Forum’s ICTs and Older Persons track at WSIS Forum 2020 will offer a multi-format agenda consisting of workshops, panels, exhibits, a knowledge cafe, WSIS TalkX, and other high-level talks designed to stimulate new approaches for using ICTs to address the global demographic changes associated with aging.
The Opening of the track was on June 22nd, at 8:00-9:00AM EDT (14:00-15:00 CET). The entire program schedule and registration links for each session, can be found here.
The Agenda for this track is comprised of sessions starting on June 22nd, 2020, the Opening Day of the Forum, and continuing on a scheduled basis through August 14th, 2020. The major findings revealed through these sessions will be presented in an Outcomes Report, to be released at the end of the Forum.
The Agenda is as follows:
August 10, 2020, 14:00-15:00 CEST
Heart failure affects at least 26 million people around the world and is the most common diagnosis in hospital patients over 65. According to the World Heart Federation, there are an estimated 11.7 million cases of undiagnosed heart failure globally. A major barrier to detecting, diagnosing, and therefore treating heart failure is the often subtle ageism that assumes symptoms of heart failure—including tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath—to be “normal parts of aging.” This ageism persists from healthcare professionals to families and those who become HF patients themselves. ICTs have great potential for monitoring, education, and predictive analytics, which will lead to earlier diagnosis, optimal treatment and care (including prevention of costly hospital admissions and re-admissions), and therefore cost savings for patients, their families and health systems overall.
Kristine Mullen, North American Market Leader, Population Health Management, Philips
Julia Wilkins, Head of Data and Analytics, Imperial College Health Partners
Jean-Luc Eiselé, Chief Executive Officer, World Heart Federation
Dr. Mitchell Psotka, Director of the Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy Center, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
Digital Inclusion of Older Persons – UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
August 11, 2020, 14:00-15:00 CEST
Value of the Older Workforce: The Emergence of Senior Entrepreneurship and the Multi-Generational Workplace
August 12, 2020, 14:00-15:00 CEST
For the first time in history, today’s workplaces are now a meeting place for up to four generations. Remarkably, these multi-generational teams are proving more productive than single-generation teams. Even so, older workers continue to face age discrimination in the workplace, and the conventional 19th century concept and mindset of retirement, remains largely unchanged. Do people really want to retire? How differently are they looking at their lives than their predecessors? Is learning and adapting to change only a skill set for younger people? What are the unintended consequences of forced retirement and the loss of experience and knowledge that it may portend?
Mike Mansfield, Program Director, Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement
Han van Doorn, Start-up Plus Winner; Are You Okay Today
Mary Cronin, Management Professor at Boston College, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of Founders over 55
August 13, 2020, 14:00-15:00 CEST
Healthy aging in our era of longevity must be centered on prevention and wellness—with a focus on maintaining functional ability rather than singularly on treatment of disease. Remote care delivery, telehealth and telemedicine, including videoconferencing with healthcare providers, tablet-based patient education, and devices that can monitor, prompt and track diet, exercise, and medication usage, have been proven to create benefits across the health care system leading to reduced costs and improved outcomes for patients. Properly combining technology and healthcare, especially monitoring in the home, has incredible potential to engage patients in their own health management, detect and diagnose chronic conditions earlier, and therefore enable a more healthy and active aging. What does systems integration look like, and how do we ensure safe and secure adoption of technology aligned to patient needs and comfort levels?
August 14, 2020, 14:00-15:00 CEST
Global Ageing is one of the mega-trends of our 21stCentury, distinguished by two central facts: longer lives, up to one hundred, as a matter of course; and, more old than young across all societies as they modernize. As governments, civil society and all stakeholders work for a healthier and more active ageing we come to appreciate the central and powerful role of innovative technology both as a tool to be used by all of us, young and old, as well as a part of our health systems to enable prevention, wellness and treatment, especially as we grow older. Yet, scaling the technology – making it available, accessible, usable – within societies, across sectors and disciplines and globally, could play the critical role in making it an effective and impactful tool to address this challenge.
Dave P. Ryan, General Manager of Health and Life Sciences Business, Intel Corporation
Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Wellville
Kazumi Nishikawa, Director, Healthcare Industry Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director of MIT AgeLab
June 22, 2020 14:00-15:00 CEST
As the WHO/UN Decade of Healthy Ageing launches this year, Older Persons are increasingly adopting, and adapting to, technology to protect and maintain their health and to improve their lives. This acceptance and use of technology goes against widely held assumptions, many founded in ageist attitudes, of older persons ability and willingness to learn, accept and adapt to changes. Instead, we are seeing how technology actually connects societies – within families, between caregivers and across generations. Strategies for digital inclusion for older adults will be crucial to combat social isolation and increase engagement and productivity across workplaces and society. (Recording of the Session)
Special Introduction by Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General ITU
Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D., CEO, Global Coalition on Aging
Yumiko Murakami, Head of Tokyo Centre, OECD
John Beard, Former Director of Aging and Life Course, WHO, GCOA Advisory Council Chair
Danielle D. Duplin, Co-Founder, Global Director and CEO AGENCY
June 24, 2020 14:00-15:00 CEST
Caring for older persons is a global challenge, as there are now more older people in OECD regions than younger people for the first time in human history, and this will soon be true globally. With fewer family members to provide this care and a dearth of healthcare professionals trained in geriatrics and gerontology, we must find alternative solutions. Technology plays a critical role. Increasingly senior care is coming into the home, as 90% of older persons want to stay in their homes as they age. In this track, we’ll explore the proper balance of high-tech and high-touch human solutions.(Recording of the Session)
Richard Marshall, Business Development Director, Cutii
Esko Aho, Former Prime Minister of Finland, Chairman Verbatim Oy
Melissa Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging
Nick Padula, Vice President, Health & Human Services, Philips
Chad Brough, Vice President, Healthcare Transformation, Home Instead Senior Care