The entire world is facing the challenge of aging well, and the world is a diverse place. Due to economic and cultural differences, solutions for one region may not make sense in others. But at the same time, it may make sense to adapt local successes on a larger scale. On November 18, the MIT AgeLab hosted a workshop on aging well around the world, where researchers presented insights from vastly different regions, including India, Western Europe, the US, Canada, and more. For instance, research conducted in Germany revealed the importance of the home: good neighborhood interactions and a comfortable home can bolster wellbeing, even in the face of ill health. In India, meanwhile, traditional multigenerational homes are on the wane. At the conclusion of the day, one essential overarching point was clear: the conception of "old age" and the lifestyle it entails changes from area to area. In the US, "retirement" might conjure images of cruise ships, while in Germany, it looks more like travel to see grandchildren. As governments, the private sector, and individuals produce solutions for old age, it will continue to be essential to take into account local social and cultural expectations for what old age is, and should be.
Slides from the presentation can be found below:
Belonging to the Home & Neighborhood, Frank Oswald slides
Technology Acceptance and Dementia Care, Birgit Kramer slides
Assessing the Impact of “Brain Training” on Driving Performance, Visual Behavior, and Neuropsychological Measures, Jonathan Dobres slides
Retirement Planning in Germany and the U.S., Annette Franke slides