Silver Economy Forum

In 2019, the Global Coalition on Aging teamed with the Government of Finland to present the first-ever global conference of government and business leaders focused solely on the business of aging. Featuring CEOs of global companies, government leaders, NGOs and global institutions, the inaugural Silver Economy Forum:

  • Clarified and elevated the understanding of the opportunities of the $15 trillion silver economy;
  • Stimulated new thinking on the impact of finance, technology, elder caregiving, and medicine on healthy and active aging;
  • Helped map business strategies to create value for established companies and entrepreneurial ventures through the prism of the aging lens;
  • Highlighted policies and innovative solutions that enable successful aging; and
  • Spotlighted how government and business are working together to leverage the aging mega-trend.

These two days of thought-provoking panels and speeches were complemented by an expo area for showcasing current and future innovations. In October 2019, GCOA released the report Five Powerful Ideas for Capturing the Value of the Silver Economy, based on the expert insights and recommended actions from the Forum.

Following the success of the Helsinki Silver Economy Forum, GCOA was invited to bring the issues highlighted in the Silver Economy Forum to the annual World Summit on the Information Society 2020. GCOA created and implemented the event’s first-ever track on the role of Information Communication Technologies in our 21st Century Aging Societies. This year the Forum is a virtual event that began on June 22nd, 2020 with an opening session hosted by GCOA, and will run through September 10, 2020.

Visit the Silver Economy Forum website to learn more about Helsinki, WSIS, and other Silver Economy Forum events.

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.

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.

Headlines of the Future Podcast: Decoding Healthy Aging

How can advancements in science and medicine make it possible for individuals to enjoy greater health and activity in their later years? For health leaders and organizations such as the Global Coalition on Aging, ensuring individuals can truly shine in their "Golden Years" is a matter of revisiting education and communication strategies, advancing digital health technologies and expanding access to healthcare innovation.

Longer Lifespans Require Secure Financial Futures

As many as half of 5-year-olds in the United States can now expect to live to 100, a population that is projected to swell in the decades ahead. Longer lifespans don’t guarantee a financially secure later life, however. If anything, in the absence of significant planning, extreme longevity may make financial security harder to attain.