Stakeholder event: Measuring quality of life of older people: Lessons from the analysis of national datasets in Asia
On 6 September 2016, we hosted a stakeholder event at the Asia-Pacific Regional conference 'The Economic Implications of Ageing' in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference was organised by the HelpAge International East-Asia Pacific regional office. It brought together a wide range of stakeholders with a common agenda of working towards improving the well-being of older populations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The stakeholder event was chaired by Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive of HelpAge India, and the panel comprised Professor Asghar Zaidi, Professor Bussarawan Puk Teerawichitchainan and Research Professor Emeritus John Knodel.
Asghar Zaidi presented findings and questions arising from an analysis of national datasets in Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan. Bussawaran Puk Teerawichitchainan and John Knodel provided responses before the discussion was opened to the audience.
Asghar Zaidi is Professor of International Social Policy at the University of Southampton (UK) where his research spans active and healthy ageing, and the wellbeing of older people and persons with disabilities.
Since 2012, he has led the research effort in the Active Ageing Index Project of the UNECE/EC. Most recently, in collaboration with HelpAge International, he developed the Global AgeWatch Index.
Asghar is visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Senior Advisor at the European Centre Vienna. He previously was Senior Economist at the OECD in Paris. He has served as an economic adviser for the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions and as a research officer at both the London School of Economics and University of Oxford. An expert advisor to WHO’s Centre for Health Development in Japan, he advised on developing indicators for WHO’s network of Age-friendly Cities.
Bussarawan Puk Teerawichitchainan
Bussarawan Puk Teerawichitchainan is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean (Research and Program Development) at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University. Her research interests include social demography, the life course and ageing, population health, inequality, and sociology of family. She conducts research on these topics in the context of Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar.
She is currently chairperson of the Asian Population Association’s Scientific Group on Population Aging and the Family in Asian Context.
She received a PhD from the University of Washington.
John Knodel is Research Professor Emeritus at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan and International Affiliate of the College of Population Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
He obtained his PhD in Sociology from Princeton University where he specialised in demography. He conducted collaborative research on a wide range of social demographic topics in Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand but also in Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
During the last two decades his studies have focused on issues related to the older population including the AIDS epidemic impact on older persons, effects of migration of adult children on older age parents, intergenerational family support exchanges, and broad assessments of the situation of older persons in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mathew Cherian is Chief Executive of HelpAge India.
He is currently on the Board of HelpAge International, Guidestar International, Care International, and Sightsavers.
Mathew is a Member of the National Council of Senior Citizens and the National Foundation for Communal Harmony. He serves as an Independent Commissioner for Geriatric Health at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India.
His further assignments include the post of Director, Oxfam UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Country Representative, Charities Aid Foundation.