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The New Old World: Challenges and Opportunities of Aging Populations

Conversely, in the U.S. we are grappling with long-term care needs. In this area, we hope to learn from other countries to address our domestic challenge. In October, we will be sponsoring an International Forum on Long-term Care where health ministers and others from Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Japan and Denmark will discuss options for long-term care delivery and financing.

We don't want to minimize the challenges that all countries face with people living longer and slow-growing or even shrinking numbers of workers. But, we also know that demography is not destiny. Aging populations, as mere numbers, do not threaten world stability.

The increased longevity of our population has been called "the true wealth of nations." As employers, workers, governments and others learn to capitalize on this "wealth," they will contribute to world economies and societies through measured and responsible reform.

So, aging populations offer opportunities, as well as challenges. And, by elevating AARP's international goal to become a leader in global aging, we are increasing our commitment to tackle both.

So, let's get started. I would like to ask Nancy LeaMond, the Director of AARP's Office of International Affairs, to introduce our guest speakers.

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