July 17   Moses   17:45 - 18:45   |   Wellbeing, Inclusion

Becoming Age-Friendly. Megacities Meeting the Demographic Changes

There is no way around the numbers: according to the World Health Organisation, in 2010-2050 the population of people aged over 65 will have increased by 2.5 times, and as soon as in a couple of decades the majority of the urban population will be older than 40. Population ageing has been typical for the developed countries but it is becoming a growing concern for the developing countries as well. The City of Moscow is becoming more and more engaged in dealing with this new reality: earlier this year the city has launched a program for leisure diversification for the elderly Muscovites – «Moskovskoye Dolgoletiye» (The Moscow Longevity). However, the potential challenges of the ageing population as well as potential benefits for the older citizens and the city are much more varied. Today it is time to start a public discussion and organize a learning exchange between the megacities. 

  • What is inclusive city as seen by the elderly population? 
  • What decisions are needed to provide adequate leisure, healthcare, urban planning and active engagement in the intellectual life for the elderly? 
  • Can new technologies help stimulate a more active lifestyle? 
  • How can we tackle ageism and age discrimination of the elderly? 


Elizaveta Oleskina
Director, "Old Age for Joy" Foundation


Vladimir Petrosyan
Minister of Moscow Government
Carlos Dora
Visiting Professor, Columbia University
Dirk Jarré
President, European Federation of Older Persons
Alan Mitchell
Executive Director, Cities Global Center of Excellence, KPMG
Toshio Obi
Director, Institute of e-Government, Waseda University
Alexey Sidnev
CEO, Senior Group