It is my pleasure to welcome you to the IV World Congress on Geriatrics & Gerontology- International Conference on Healthy Ageing in Changing World, scheduled on 23rd, 24th, & 25th of November 2016 at J.N.TATA Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
The world is ageing rapidly. People aged 60 and older make up 12.3 per cent of the global population, and by 2050, that number will rise to almost 22 per cent.
Ageing is a triumph of development. People are living longer because of better nutrition, sanitation, health care, education and economic well-being. Although an ageing world poses social and economic challenges, the right set of policies can equip individuals, families and societies to address these challenges and to reap its benefits.
Indo British Geriatrics Council (IBGC) is working towards raising awareness about population ageing and also for the need to harness its opportunities and address its challenges. IBGC also supports research and data collection to provide a solid base for policies and planning, and makes sure ageing issues are integrated into national and International government policies.
Population ageing can no longer be ignored. Globally, the proportion of older persons is growing at a faster rate than the general population. This reflects tremendous and welcome advances in health and overall quality of life in societies across the world. But the social and economic implications of this phenomenon are profound, extending far beyond the individual older person and the immediate family, touching broader society and the global community in unprecedented ways. On the positive side, population ageing has opened up new markets and brought us more experienced workers, a growing cadre of custodians of culture, and caregivers of grandchildren.
Ageing has important and far-reaching implications for all aspects of society. Around the world, two persons celebrate their sixtieth birthday every second – an annual total of almost 58 million sixtieth birthdays. With one in nine persons in the world aged 60 years or over, projected to increase to one in five by 2050, population ageing is a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored.
To promote such development and protect the rights of the elderly, the joint efforts of the whole society are needed. IV World Congress on Geriatrics & Gerontology- International Conference on Healthy Ageing in Changing World is being organized with a hope of reflecting the whole picture of the health status of elderlyand to guide all circles in the society and the international community to pay more attention to the health of the aged and the ageing population, and create a good atmosphere favorable to an all round development in the social, economical, mental and health status of the elderly.
We are bringing more than 200 International speakers from 40 countries and assembling the best scientists, clinicians, teachers and other allied health specialties who care for the elderly throughout their life to present the latest science and best clinical practice. The scientific advisory board is making a very constructive programme by leaving no stone unturned. They have consulted national and regional societies and federations, special interest groups, other global organizations looking after subspecialties and international organizationsin the field of Geriatrics and Gerontology to devise the best programme for clinical practice and research. We are working hard to provide the best experience for every participant scientifically and socially. BioGenesis Health Cluster and Indo-British Geriatrics Council would be delighted to have as many of you as possible in Bengaluru for the “IV World Congress on Geriatrics & Gerontology- International Conference on Healthy Ageing in Changing World”on 23rd, 24th, & 25th of November 2016 at J.N.TATA Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. I assure you that you will not be disappointed by the warm hospitality of the people and the ambience of Bengaluru. For those who can spend a few extra days in the city, Bengaluru offers numerous and varied tourist attractions. If you have more time, Karnataka has a lot to offer.Please come and join us and be enriched by the science, culture and friendship that the BioGenesis Health Cluster conferences have to offer. This experience will re-energize you to provide the best to the eldelry under your care.
Dr.V. P. Rao
BioGenesis Health Cluster