A doctor offers health check-up for an elderly woman (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Adaption to population
aging is the focus of discussion at a two-day workshop that opened in Hanoi on
July 17.

Jointly held by the Health Ministry and the Asia
– Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat, the event has drawn 200
delegates working in different fields from the APEC economies, the United
Nations’ agencies, international organisations, socio- political organisations,
research institutes and universities.

Addressing the event, Deputy Health Minister
Pham Le Tuan said Vietnam has around 10.1 million elderly people, accounting for
11 percent of the population. There are two million people aged above 80.

The rate of elderly people in Vietnam is
forecast to reach 17 percent by 2030 and 25 percent by 2050, according to Tuan.

The Deputy Minister expressed his hope that the
workshop will help APEC economies, especially Vietnam, make policies, set
targets and develop action plans to adapt to the population aging in the coming

The workshop is also expected to help turn
challenges from the process into opportunities for socio-economic development,
he added.

Experts developed scenarios on population aging
in APEC, covering challenges and opportunities in different fields.

They shared initiatives on community- and
family-based elderly nursing models as part of measures to adapt to population

These suggestions will be discussed at the
Health Policy Dialogue, the meetings of the Health Working Group and Health
Ministers’ meetings in the framework of the third APEC Senior Officials Meeting
(SOM 3) in HCM City in August.

The population of the APEC economies accounts
for 40.5 percent of the world’s total but nearly 50 percent of the elderly on the
globe. Most APEC economies are facing the population aging issue, particularly
China, Russia, the US and Japan.

The demographic change will have great impacts
on economic growth, employment, saving, investment, health care and social
security, among others.-VNA