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International Workshop

Well-being in Ageing Societies: Perspectives from China, Germany and Japan

23.10.2013 - 25.10.2013

Koordination: Florian Kohlbacher; German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Germany; Institute of Population and Labor Economics (IPLE), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) PR China

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The overall aim of this workshop is to bring together international experts studying the relationship between objective and subjective well-being and older adults/ageing societies in various fields to present their latest ideas and empirical research in order to help develop an agenda for future research on well-being in the ageing society. The discussion will focus on China, Japan, and Germany, as these societies represent different stages of economic development, speed of demographic change, cultural values concerning families and older people, and social policies which vary widely due to specific circumstances and historical path dependence. We plan to discuss three general questions:

  1. How do well-being, satisfaction, and happiness change over the life course in China, Japan, and Germany?
  2. What are the individual, economic, and societal factors that affect well-being, satisfaction, and happiness of older adults in China, Japan, and Germany?
  3. Which societal institutions, cultural frameworks and social policies help to enhance the well-being, satisfaction, and happiness under conditions of population ageing in China, Japan and Germany?

After comparing the demographic situation in China, Japan, and Germany, empirical evidence on psychological well-being over the life course in these three countries will be discussed, concentrating on the individual factors that influence life satisfaction and happiness as people age. We will then move on to discuss the role of societal and economic factors for subjective well-being. Finally, we will focus on policies for active ageing and well-being in ageing societies. We hope that the comparative perspective of the workshop will be productive for learning from each other in terms of general challenges and opportunities that China, Japan, and Germany are facing due to demographic and social changes. Despite the many differences between the three countries in regards to economic development, social structure and political system notwithstanding, they share the challenge of rapid population ageing.

The presentations are intended to stimulate discussion of research topics, methods and ideas that could suggest new avenues for studying the well-being of people in ageing societies from a cross-cultural perspective. Hence, the presentations should be brief and concise (10 minutes maximum) and focus on the three questions posed above. (a) life course trajectories of well-being; (b) individual, economic, and societal factors affecting well-being in late life; (c) institutions, cultural values, economic factors and social policies enhancing well-being.

The workshop is expected to facilitate future collaborative studies among participants. By focusing on the discussion among experts from various disciplines we hope to encourage the cross-pollination among disciplines and leverage the creative potential of our cross-national and multi-disciplinary setting.

Supported by
Stiftung Mercator Foundation

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23.10.2013:
18:00 – 19:30 Welcome and Keynote Panel
  Welcome
Prof. Dr. Fang Cai, Director of IPLE-CASS, PR China
Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Roemer, Director, DZA, Germany
Prof. Dr. Florian Coulmas, Director, DIJ, Japan
Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, Head of Business & Economics Section, DIJ, Japan


  Keynote Panel: Visions for the Ageing Societies of China, Germany and Japan


  Preparing for an Ageing Society Slides
Prof. Dr. Zhenzhen Zheng, Professor, IPLE-CASS, PR China

  Well-being in Ageing Societies: Perspectives from China, Germany and Japan Slides
Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehr, President, BAGSO, the German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organizations, Germany

  Well-being in Agein Societies: The Case of Germany Slides
Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Roemer, Director, DZA, Germany

  Trajectories of Functional Health and Subjective Well-being over 20 Years Slides
Prof. Dr. Hiroko Akiyama, University of Tokyo, Japan

  Special presentation and demonstration of Paro Slides
Prof. Dr. Takanori Shibata, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

19:30 – 21:00 Welcome Reception
 


24.10.2013:
09:00 – 09:15 Keynote Speech
  Dr. Xiao Caiwei, Vice President, China National Committee on Ageing

09:15 – 10:45 Session I: The Individual (Psychological issues)
  Chair:
Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Roemer, Director, DZA, Germany

  Each speaker will give a concise input (max. 10 min) on research results which helps to discuss the following questions: -How does well-being change over the life course? -What are important psychological factors affecting well-being over the life course?


  Mental Health of Chinese Elderly and Cultural Specific Approaches Slides
Prof. Dr. Buxin Han, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Prof.

  Well-being in Ageing Societies: The Individual Slides
Dr. Michael Eid, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Free University Berlin, Germany

  Effects of Productive Activities on Well-beings in Late-middle Aged and Aged People Slides
Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Shibata, University of Human Arts and Sciences, Japan

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
 

11:15 – 12:45 Session II: The Society (Sociological issues)
  Chair:
Prof. Dr. Hiroko Akiyama

  Each speaker will give a concise input (max. 10 min) on research results which helps to discuss the following questions: -What are the economic and business challenges of ageing societies? -How do these economic and business challenges affect well-being over the life course?


  China's Population Aging and Health System Reform Slides
Dr. Xuejin Zuo, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China

  Ageing, Later Life and Social Change in Germany Slides
Dr. Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, DZA, Germany

  Gender Differences in Well-being over the Life Course: A Case in Japan Slides
Prof. Dr. Takako Sodei, Ochanomizu University

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break
 

14:00 – 15:30 Session III: The Economy (Economic and business issues)
  Chair:
Dr. Xuejin Zuo, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China

  Each speaker will give a concise input (max. 10 min) on research results which helps to discuss the following questions: -What are the economic and business challenges of ageing societies? -How do these economic and business challenges affect well-being over the life course?


  An Overlook at a Booming Mature Industry in Chinese Ageing Society Slides
Prof. Dr. Jiehua Lu, Department of Sociology, Peking University, China

  Ageing and its Economic Implications for Europe Slides
Prof. Dr. Axel Boersch-Supan, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Germany

  Consumer Well-being in Later Life: Conceptual Foundations and Preliminary Empirical Evidence Slides
Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, DIJ, Japan

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
 

16:00 – 17:30 Session IV: Technology
  Chair:
Dr. Florian Kohlbacher

  Each speaker will give a concise input (max. 10 min) on research results which helps to discuss the following questions: -What kind of technologies can contribute to successful ageing and/or active ageing? -How do technologies affect well-being over the life course?


  Understanding Gerontechnology Acceptance by Elderly Hong Kong Chinese: A Senior Technology Acceptance Model (STAM) Slides
Dr. Ke Chen, Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, China

  Well-being in Agein Societies: Perspectives from China, Germany and Japan Slides
Dr. Birgid Eberhardt, SIBIS, Germany

  Gerontechnology for Successful Aging: From Compensation to Enhancement Slides
Dr. Ryoko Fukuda, Department of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan


25.10.2013:
09:00 – 10:30 Session V: Actively designing Well-being in Ageing Societies (Policy issues)
  Chair:
Prof. Dr. Axel Boersch-Supan

  Each speaker will give a concise input (max. 10 min) on research results which helps to discuss the following questions: -What are policies for successful ageing and/or active ageing? -How do these policies affect well-being over the life course?


  Aging Policies in China Slides
Prof. Dr. Jian Song, Population and Development Center, Renmin University, China

  Policies to Enhance Active Ageing in Germany Slides
Dr. Frank Berner, DZA, Germany

  How did Japanese Social Policies Effect on Well-being for Older Persons? Slides
Prof. Dr. Takeo Ogawa, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Japan

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
 

11:00 – 12:30 Session VI: Discussion and Wrap-Up
  Topic: The road ahead: Collaboration, research, action
Facilitators:

Prof. Dr. Zhenzhen Zheng, Professor, IPLE-CASS, PR China
Prof. Dr. Florian Coulmas, Director of DIJ, Japan


12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
 

14:00 – 17:00 Visit to Zhongyi Aging Development Center
 

Projekte

Berichte

28.10.2013
全国老龄办副主任肖才伟参加健康老龄化国际研讨会. China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA) .
http://www.cncaprc.gov.cn/news/38182.jhtml

26.10.2013
“中益的云”实现老人的梦. Zhongyi Ageing Development Center, Ministry of Civil Affairs of PR China .
http://www.zyac.org/gzdt01_zc.asp?id=4&nid=4&pid=1226

25.10.2013
2013年10月23—25日,健康老龄化:中、德、日的多学科研究国际研讨会. Institute of Population and Labor Economics (IPLE), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) .
http://iple.cass.cn/news/726410.htm

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