HelpAge Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2018

"Family, Community and State in Ageing Societies"


Demographic ageing is having profound impact on societal dynamics in Asia.
The functions of the family, communities and governments are changing rapidly. How they can reinforce each other, and how they relate with longer periods of independence in old age, will need to be re-examined.

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HelpAge International in Asia-Pacific has been holding regular regional conferences on ageing for the last 20 years. Previous conferences have taken place in India (2006), Indonesia (2008), Australia (2010), Myanmar (2012), Thailand (2014) and Vietnam (2016).


This year, in partnership with UNFPA and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the HelpAge Asia-Pacific Regional Conference will be held in Tehran, Iran. It is also supported by Age International and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).


The conference will have “Family, Community and State in Ageing Societies” as its theme. The premise of the conference is that demographic ageing is having profound impact on societal dynamics in Asia, and the functions of the family (traditionally assumed to be responsible for older people), communities and governments are changing rapidly, but often without sufficient reflection. We need to re-examine the roles of these three key parties – how they can reinforce each other and how they relate with older people themselves, who are increasingly independent for longer periods in old age.


Expected outcomes

  • Greater understanding of how communities and governments can work together to support families facing challenges associated with rapid population ageing

  • Shared international experience in how countries shape their public policies, structures and services to adapt to demographic change

  • Wider and deeper networking among a range of organisations interested in ageing in the Asia-Pacific region and the Islamic Republic of Iran. 



  • Social inclusion

  • Income security

  • Long-term care

Other activities

  • Side event: Emerging research on women’s unpaid work

  • Field trip (half day)

  • Exhibition


The registration was open from March to August 2018.  THE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Travel and accommodation advices

Updated information on accommodations, airport pick-up and money exchange can be found in 'Practical info' section.  

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