Aging Is
an Opportunity

Around the world, people are living longer as birth rates decline. As this dramatic shift in global demographics escalates, both public policymakers and the private business sector must reevaluate their long-term strategies. The changing landscape offers significant rewards for those with the foresight to adapt.

Silver is the new green. That’s why we’re stepping up to address population aging with new ways of thinking.

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  • THE WORLD’S
    60+ POPULATION

    + 2

    BILLION

    By the year 2050

  • SPENDING
    POWER OF

    $ 15

    TRILLION

    By 2020, nearly double
    that of the 60+
    population in 2010

  • AGING MARKET
    STRATEGIES

    % 15

    Only a fraction of businesses have developed plans for the aging population

Our Initiatives

We’re meeting the challenges caused by global aging with winning strategies for economic growth and market solutions that help governments and businesses adapt to these massive demographic shifts.

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Infographic on Vision Health and the Future of Work

Preventable visual impairment is a missed opportunity that is growing in prevalence as the population ages. Age-related visual impairments, like presbyopia - which first begins to impact people around age 40, at the prime of their working lives - remain an underrecognized priority for governments and employers alike. 

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Wonder Drugs Vs. Superbugs

This startling paper, published by the Global Coalition on Aging in February 2022, asks readers to imagine a world in which commonly used medicines no longer protect us from disease and suggests four steps for leaders in government, business, and across society to help avert the public health crisis widely referred to simply as antimicrobial resistance, or AMR.

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Roundtable Report on Investing in Health Innovation for OECD Ageing Societies

In October 2021, as a partner of the OECD Forum, GCOA brought together experts for a virtual dialogue on the topic: “Investing in Health Innovation for OECD Ageing Societies: Models for Healthier, Active, and Fiscally Sustainable 21st-Century Ageing.” More than 20 cross-sector, cross-discipline global stakeholders discussed the health and economic imperatives for new solutions that enable healthy ageing, including representatives of the Japanese government, private companies, patient groups, and researchers. 

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Healthy Aging Circle: A Dialogue on Innovation, Collaboration and Patient Empowerment

The Healthy Aging Circle, an expert dialogue presented by GCOA with our member company Bayer, spotlights scientific innovation and multistakeholder collaborations as driving forces to achieve the goals of the UN/WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing. The video features an impressive roster of thought-leading voices from across industry, science, global institutions, and beyond to discuss some of the most exciting innovations in healthy aging to date and their outlook for future advancements.

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Member Initiatives
  • Since 2012, Aegon has carried out the largest global retirement survey of its kind. The 2020 survey identifies ways employers can support their employees to extend their working lives and financially prepare for retirement, particularly in the context of the changed landscape of COVID-19. More »

  • In partnership with the Gerontological Society of America, Bank of America Merrill Lynch released a report on the longevity economy and the central role that older Americans will play in our future economy. More »

  • Launched in November 2019, the VALUE initiative is a collaboration between GCOA and Pfizer Global Medical Grants that will award a single or multiple grants for up to $1 million USD to improve uptake of vaccines among older adults in Japan, the world's first super-aging society. More »

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Our Membership

We represent some of the world’s most influential brands, providing them with strategic insights, best practices, and access to a growing network of influencers that can maximize their business potential and turn global aging into a catalyst for productivity and wealth creation.

More About Our Members

  • Market Preparation

    Our analysis of the aging market and related markets helps shape global receptivity to longevity-related business solutions.

  • Thought Leadership

    Our understanding of the policy landscape helps strategically position businesses with the stakeholders leading the global dialogue on aging.

  • Public Policy Influence

    Our relationships with governments and global institutions enable us to inform them about the opportunities associated with aging populations.

Latest Developments

We keep our members and partners in touch with the most recent updates and opinions in the worldwide dialogue on population longevity and related issues.

Policy Statement on the Impact of Price Negotiations on Innovation, Healthy Aging and Equity

As the CEO of the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and a newly formed cross-sector Alliance for Health Innovation, we write to express our deep concern with the current legislation that allows for price “negotiations” in Medicare – a thinly veiled signal for America’s plunge into price controls that will have a devastating and adverse impact on biopharmaceutical innovation and our nations’ ability to support healthy aging. 

Ignoring the ‘Silver Economy’ May Be Getting Costly for Brands

In an ad for Airbnb that premiered earlier this year, a couple checks into a cozy Spanish villa. To the tune of Jay-Z's cover of "Me and My Girlfriend," the ad shows the pair settling into their rental and setting their collective dial to chill. They play ping-pong, sip some wine, and get ready for a night on the town. They're also in their 80s, celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary. In no way does the ad characterize the couple as elderly or portray them as needing special aid or services — they are just active people who happen to be old. It's a rare example of ads featuring a realistic depiction of aging.

Health Equity Promise and That Innovation Thing

President Biden has pledged his administration to defeat cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases that target America’s aging population. To achieve these lofty goals, bold words must be backed up by bold actions.

Roundtable Report Highlights Importance of Immunizing Canada’s Caregivers Against Influenza, Identifying Challenges and Opportunities to Protect This Critical Group

The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) today released a report summarizing key insights from an expert roundtable on vaccinating Canada’s caregivers against influenza. The roundtable, held virtually, brought together leading Canadian health policy experts, family caregivers, patient advocacy groups, aging experts, and other thought leaders to discuss challenges and strategies to reach this critically important yet hard-to-reach group.

Women, Work, Wellness, and That Aging Thing…

The OECD Forum’s virtual event Women at The Frontline of the Recovery will presciently focus attention among policymakers and the public stakeholders alike on the unique relationship between the age demographic mega-trend and the essential policies needed for OECD economies to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.