Thursday, September 30, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 02:00 p.m. (Washington DC Time)

This virtual seminar focused on the rationale for aging and longevity as a research priority in the Region of the Americas. In the Decade of Healthy Aging 2021-2030, research should explore older persons’ current situation and aid in the anticipation of future challenges faced by this population, allowing the creation of evidence-based solutions which are cost-effective and specific to the Region.

Also, it took place the launch of the Special Edition of the Pan American Journal of Public Health on Healthy Aging. Within the edition, several papers address the components of healthy aging and provide insight into the extent to which older persons in the Region can realize their goals. Notably, the special edition is also being launched during the celebration of the Journal 100-year anniversary.

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Objective(s) of the meeting: 
  • To enhance research knowledge on older adults and healthy aging.
  • To create a solid scientific base on this matter for contributing to informed and evidence-based decision-making.
  • To evaluate and promote cost-effective interventions that generate important improvements in the health and well-being of aging societies.
  • To launch the Special Edition of the Pan American Journal of Public Health on Healthy Aging.
Brief synthesis of the topics: 

Tentative Program

Moderador: PAHO Representative



12:30 – 12:35 pm      

Welcome (5’)

Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, PAHO Assistant Director

12:35 – 12:55 pm

Aging and longevity as a priority in the research agenda of the Americas (20’)

Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

12:55 – 1:05 pm

Improving data on healthy aging in the Americas (10’)

Dr. Sebastían García Saiso, Director Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH) PAHO

1:05 – 1:15 pm

The Pan American Journal of Public Health: 100 years supporting public health (10’)

Ms. Eliane Pereira Advisor, Knowledge Management and Networks PAHO-EIH

1:15 – 1:55 pm

Panel about the Special edition on Healthy Aging: Aging Research in the Region of the Americas: achievements, opportunities and challenges (40’)

Moderator: Dr. Enrique Vega, Unit Chief PAHO, Healthy Life Couse Unit, Department of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course Department (FPL)

Panel participants

Dr. Mariana López Ortega, Researcher in Medical Science of the National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico

Prof. Norah Keating, Director, Global Social Issues on Ageing (GSIA, IAGG)

Dr. Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas, Global Aging Research Network (GARN, IAGG)

1:55 – 2:00 pm

Closing remarks (5')

Dr. Andrés de Francisco, Director Department FPL-PAHO

Healthy Aging, Healthy life course, Decade of Healthy Aging 2020-2030
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