AgeLab cohosted a conference in Zaragoza, Spain on May 5 entitled Inventing the New Futures of Old Age. The event was hosted by the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), a research institute established by the Government of Aragón and MIT Center for Transporation and Logistics.
The day-long conference included talks by local government representatives, industry leaders and research scientists. Speakers hailed from the United States, Spain and Germany.
The conference was intended to introduce AgeLab research, as well as discuss issues arising throughout the world and specific to the U.S., Spain and Europe in regards to aging populations. A large focus was given to health and technology, with representatives from the Spanish Institute of Health Carlos III, Department of Health and Consumer Affairs of the Government of Aragon, Healthways, Telefónica and the Bosch Group.
Eva Almunia, Minister of the President’s Office, Government of Aragon made opening remarks. AgeLab director Joe Coughlin discussed innovation and the implications of an aging society. AgeLab researchers hosted panels, covering topics such as transportation and mobility needs of an aging society; health, well-being and caregiving and next generation home and community services.
AgeLab hopes to build upon its relationship with ZLC in the future.
AgeLab will be posting further information regarding the conference, including photos and video clips in the weeks to follow.