About Aging Innovation Week

Since its establishment in 2014, Silver Linings Global (SLG), a social enterprise, has been aiming to accelerate the development of innovative solutions for older adults. To achieve this goal, one of our efforts is to organize the annual event – Aging Innovation Week (AIW) as a regional platform to share best practices and facilitate dialogues and exchanges among key stakeholders in the aging sector. Over the past three years, we have invited more than 20 experts from countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan to share their perspectives and experiences with more than 2000 attendees at forums and workshops.

Through collaborating with other countries, introducing best practices, and interacting and learning from each other, we believe that we will find ways to positively address the opportunities as well as finding solutions for the challenges raised from the rapidly aging society in Taiwan and the world.

Each year, we introduced different themes for the Aging Innovation Week:

  • 2014: Aging Innovation, the Global Trends and Taiwan’s Needs
  • 2015: Evolutionary Aging: High Tech with High Touch
  • 2016: Design Our Third Act

2017 Theme: Fun Long Life

According to IMF 2016 report: overall for Asia, the demographic dividend, where a young, growing work force (aged 15-64) helped drive the region’s rapid growth in recent decades, is coming to an end. Fertility rates are declining and people are living longer. Now many countries, particularly in East Asia, will be the fastest-aging societies in the world in the next few decades. The region’s population growth, which is already negative in Japan, is slowing and projected to fall to zero by 2050. More than a third of the population in Singapore and South Korea are at least 50 years old; in Japan that share is close to half the population.

Does rapid growing aging population only bring negative impact? Or are there business and economic opportunities that we can tap into?

While human life expectancies have added 30 years over the past 100 years, longevity is no longer a curse but more of a blessing. The longevity economy can be realized through various investment that can be made at the individual, organizational, and governmental level. For example, the individual can adopt healthy behaviors and ensure they are financially secure and socially engaged while the government work closely with care organizations to invest in talent recruitment and retention for a strong support system. By investing in longevity, we can have “Fun Long Life” as we get older.

2017 Aging Innovation Week at a Glance

Date Event Description Place Registration
10/11 (Wednesday) Networking Event Informal networking event for startups, industry leaders, corporate executives, government representatives, service providers and front line practitioner from the region to exchange ideas and share vision.Garage+ Chia Hsin Campus By Invitation Only
10/12 (Thursday) Asia Pacific Summit

Hear the latest trends and innovation in the global aging space from Aging 2.0 and regional experts. Meet the experts from the regions to present and lead the discussions on innovative ideas and service/business models focusing on the topics of "liverable communities" and "engagement/purpose," which will help us to take advantage of longevity economy and have a "Fun Lon Life". Syntrend Creative Park 12F
International Symposium Building an effective support system is crucial in supporting fun long life. The symposium will focus on issues including dementia friendly care model, talent recruitment and retention. Chang Yung-Fa Foundation 11F
10/14 (Saturday) Morning Round Table Discussion Regional and international experts will sit down with key stake holders in Taiwan including government officials, corporate and NPO executives to conduct in-depth discussion on how to build a more effetive prevention and care delivery systems. Chang Yung-Fa Foundation 10F By Invitation Only
10/14 (Saturday) Afternoon Workshops Led by the founder of Kaigo Cafe Japan, the workshop attendees will gain in-depth spirit and knowledge of Kaigo Cafe model and apply the know-how to build the suitable models for Taiwan. Chang Yung-Fa Foundation 10F

Organizer: Silver Linings Global

co-organizer: Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation

Global Supporter: Aging 2.0

Contact Us info@silverliningsglobal.com

Silver Linings Global Proudly Present

The Inaugural Asia Pacific Summit @ Fourth Aging Innovation Week

Marching into its fourth year, Silver Linings Global's Aging Innovation Week is growing strong. We are proud to announce that we will add a strong and special line-up to this year's program -- the Asia Pacific Summit on October 12 supported by Aging 2.0. The Summit will be an integral part of this year’s Aging Innovation Week taking place from October 11-14. On October 11, the day before the summit, we will host a networking event (By Invitation Only) for promising startups and industry leaders from around the region. More info to be part of the events.

The 2017 Asia Pacific Summit and the Aging Innovation Week will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, a hub for innovation and a culturally diverse city in the heart of Asia. Organized and supported by Aging 2.0 and Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation, the Summit will highlight:

  • Asia Pacific Aging Innovation Landscape presented by Aging 2.0 Co-founder Stephen Johnston and other key leaders from Japan, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • Engagement and Purpose: How to Turn Boomers Generation Become Economic Driver.
  • Successful Aging-in-Place Model: Apartment for Life keynoted by former chairman of Humanitas Foundation, CEO of Residence Roosenburch, Dr. Hans Becker.
  • Panel discussions on perspectives in regard aging innovation landscape in Asia Pacific region, engagement/purpose and livable communities.
  • Startups Pitches and showcases: Startups from the region will be invited to do a 2-minute pitch at the summit. Winners will have the opportunity to attend Aging 2.0’s OPTIMIZE event in November for free. (USD $799 per ticket)
  • Rich networking opportunities

The Summit is designed to educate, connect and inspire innovators in aging and senior care from across the Asia Pacific region. Entrepreneurs, providers, executives, investors and seniors themselves will benefit from rich networking, presentations on key trends and the new Aging 2.0 Grand Challenges as well as focus a spotlight on some of the most interesting new tech companies.

Why attend?

  • Build critical relationships within Silver Linings Global and Aging 2.0’s global community to support your growth and collaboration in the year ahead

  • Network with the decision makers and investors that can help you grow your business

  • Hear from thought leaders about important trends both inside and adjacent to senior care that will transform the aging experience

  • Interact with innovators and products from around the region
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10/12 Asia Pacific Summit Agenda

Time Event Speaker
8:30-9:00 Registration  
9:00-9:20 Welcome Session Hsin-ling Tsai
Co-Founder & CEO, Silver Linings Global
Stephen Johnston
Co-Founder & CEO, Aging 2.0
9:20-9:45 Keynote: Opportunities of Aging
Debra Whitman
Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP
9:45-10:25 Keynote: Engagement / Purpose
Hiroyuki Murata
President, Murata Associates, Inc.
10:25-10:45 Break  
10:45-11:35 Panel Discussion | Engagement / Purpose
Moderator: Timothy Ma, Vice Chairman (External) of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited (HKGCSE)
Bradley Schurman, Director for Global Partnerships and Strategic Engagements, AARP
Hiroyuki Murata, Murata Associates, Inc.
Ryan Yeung, Co-Founder & CEO, Happy Retired
11:35-11:50 Aging 2.0 Grand Challenges Overview Stephen Johnston
Co-Founder & CEO, Aging 2.0
11:50-12:05 Startup Showcase  
12:05-13:25 Lunch & Networking  
13:25-14:35 Panel Discussion: AP Regional Aging Innovation Landscape Moderator: Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder & CEO, Aging 2.0
Hsin-Ling Tsai, Co-Founder & CEO, Silver Linings Global | Taiwan
Janice Chia, Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd | Singapore
Wing Chui, Co-Founder, Legend of Snails | China
Julianne Parkinson, Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board of South Australia | Australia
Koichi Narasaki, Chief Digital Officer, SOMPO | Japan
14:35-14:50 Startup Showcase  
14:50-15:10 Break  
15:10-15:50 Keynote: In the elderly care, the happiness related items are more important than the typical cure and care items
Dr. Hans Becker
CEO, Residence Roosenburch
15:50-16:40 Panel Discussion | Livable Community
Moderator: Feng-Cheng Tang, Chairman, Foundation of Universal Education
Dr. Hans Becker, Residence Roosenburch
Ray Tang, Co-Founder, Longevity Design House
Chin-Shan Chi, Co-Founder, Origin Living Workshop/Goldville
16:40-17:00 Closing Session  

Speakers, Panelists & Moderators

Photo Name Country Background
Stephen Johnston Stephen Johnston
Co-Founder & CEO of Aging2.0
United States Stephen Johnston is co-founder and CEO of Aging2.0, a global innovation platform for aging and senior care. Stephen serves on the board of Music and Memory, a New York 501c3 nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Debra Whitman Debra Whitman
Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP
United States Debra Whitman, AARP’s chief public policy officer, leads policy development, analysis and research, as well as global thought leadership supporting and advancing the interests of individuals age 50-plus and their families. Dr. Whitman is an authority on aging issues with extensive experience in national policymaking, domestic and international research, and the political process. An economist, she is a strategic thinker whose career has been dedicated to solving problems affecting economic and health security, and other issues related to population aging.

Hiroyuki Murata Prof. Hiroyuki Murata
President, Murata Associates, Inc.
Japan Professor Hiroyuki Murata is the most pioneer of active ageing business in Japan and an internationally recognized thought leader in ageing societies. He has worked with over 900 companies and contributed to develop various innovative products and services such as Curves Japan and Raku-Raku phone, and the first college-linked retirement community in Japan. He inks the term “Smart Ageing” and serves as Professor at Smart Ageing International Research Center (SAIRC) at Tohoku University. He is a opinion leader in global aging issues and a regular contributors to various leading media outlets.

Dr. Hans Becker Dr. Hans Becker
CEO, Residence Roosenburch
Netherlands Dr. Hans Becker is renowned innovator in elderly care for more than 25 years. Becker joined the Rotterdam-based housing association, Humanitas, in 1992. Previously he was a professor at the Erasmus School of Economics for 25 years. As Chief Executive of Humanitas, Becker set about replacing nursing homes, which he has described as ‘islands of misery’, with ‘Apartments for Life’ where the emphasis is on conviviality, self-determination, and empowering residents to live their lives to the full. Under his leadership, Humanitas went from making a loss to a surplus of €54m, which was reinvested in renovation, decoration and new homes. Humanitas now has more than 3,000 apartments on over 30 sites throughout the Netherlands. In August 26 at the age of 75, he started his own project: Residence Roosenburch near Rotterdam.

Bradley Schurman Bradley Schurman
Director for Global Partnerships and Strategic Engagements, AARP
United States Bradley Schurman is Director for Global Partnerships and Strategic Engagements at AARP. Among other major accomplishments and roles, Schurman was instrumental in securing the topics of population aging and demographic change as central focus areas at both the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and World Economic Forum (WEF). He has developed original research with the OECD and Foreign Policy Group, led AARP’s global efforts on workplace design and age management, and directed AARP Best Employers International. He is a vocal champion for extending working lives to help drive national economic success and social inclusion, and as a way to extend healthy living and healthy years.

Ryan Yeung Ryan Yeung
Co-Founder & CEO, Happy Retired
Hong Kong Ryan Yeung founded Happy-Retired, a social enterprise online platform for baby boomer retirees. He advocates utilizing the idle human resources of retirees. He has arranged retirees to work in social enterprise for social good, to coach youngsters on career development, and to work freelance projects in startups and SMEs. By doing these, Ryan wishes to keep them mental, physical and financial healthy and lessen public expenditure burden.

Koichi Narasaki Koichi Narasaki
Group Chief Digital Officer, Sompo Holdings
Japan Koichi Narasaki has been Group Chief Digital Officer and Managing Executive Officer at Sompo Holdings, Inc. since April 2017 and served as its Executive Officer since May 10, 2016. Prior to that, he worked in Mitsubishi Corp Japan HQ for 17 years for the global IT business developments, then at Mitsubishi International Palo Alto Office as the G.M. of Telecom Network Systems Dept., did business development and strategic Investments in the Broadband/Wireless segments of the market. Sompo Holdings is one of the largest insurance companies in Japan with a history stretching back to 1888.
Julianne Parkinson Julianne Parkinson
Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board of South Australia
Australia Julianne Parkinson has over 25 years of experience with global financial and legal consulting firms including Ernst & Young, KPMG and Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). She specialises in strategic planning, business development and change management. Julianne has undertaken engagements across Australia and the South East Asia region. She has also held senior consulting roles inside global and national marketing and public relations organisations.

Janice Chia Janice Chia
Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd
Singapore Janice Chia founded Ageing Asia – Asia’s first ageing market consultancy social enterprise, with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Janice has accumulated her vast experience from visiting over 250 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries.

Ray Tang Ray Tang
Co-Founder, Longevity Design House
Hong Kong Ray Tang runs the business development and project management for Longevity Design House. He has previously served as a business developer for an experiential consultancy firm as well as a renovation company. He has also helped three enterprises in developing their businesses to reach six-to-seven digit turnover rates.
Chin-Shan Chi Prof. Chin-Shan Chi
Co-Founder, Origin Living Workshop/Goldville
Taiwan Prof. Chin-Shan Chi, Associate professor of Department of Social Work and Child Welfare, Providence University. A sociologist in action, he has co-founded several social enterprises to lead students to offer multiple living services for the elderly. Collaborating with Providence University cooperating and Kuang Tien General Hospital, he found Origin Social Enterprise which is intended to build a co-living community for the young and the elderly called The Goldville.
Timothy Ma Timothy Ma Kam-wah
Vice Chairman (External) of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited
Hong Kong Timothy Ma Kam-wah is a founding member of the Social Entrepreneurship Forum and Vice-chairman of the General Chamber of Social Enterprise. As Executive Director of the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association from August 1996, Timothy was responsible for the development, promotion and operation of the 24-hour Personal Emergency Link Service. The Association believes that welfare service can flourish with its viable business operation, and also by continuously expanding the scope of services.
Feng-Cheng Tang Feng-Cheng Tang
Chairman, Foundation of Universal Education
Taiwan Feng-Cheng Tang, Chairman of Foundation of Universal Education, dedicates to promote universal design awareness and education in Taiwan. The Foundation hosts an annual competition about universal design to increase the awareness. He personally participating in many international and local conferences as a speaker. He authors a book about his journey on battling with disability and social discrimination.

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2017 International Symposium on Dementia Prevention & Care
"Building Dementia Friendly Communities”

WHA passed the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 in May, 2017, in an effort to put dementia as a priority in public health policy. It wishes to focus on raising the general awareness of dementia, and continue to advocate for building the dementia friendly community. By doing so, it hopes that 75% of countries in the world will have dementia-related policy in place by 2025. To achieve this goal, it is important to connect both formal and informal networks and resources of dementia prevention and care.

The International Symposium on Dementia Prevention & Care, presented by Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of China is aiming at building the formal and informal networks for dementia prevention and care through efforts including closer integration between medical health network and social care network, early diagnosis of dementia and timely connection to the available help, talent recruitment & training, awareness increase and construction of livable community for people with dementia.

In regard of dementia prevention, Taiwan is ahead of many countries in the world. We are the #13 that already has a dementia policy in place. The Ministry of Health and Welfare is targeting to announce the updated version of the guideline and action place for dementia prevention in 2018.

Building dementia friendly communities needs everyone to get involved. Whether you are already a professional working in care industry, a family caregiver, or just someone who is interested in learning more about long-term care or dementia, this international symposium is a great opportunity for you to get involved and start taking action

Silver Linings Global, a social enterprise focusing on aging innovation, greatly appreciates the opportunity to host this international symposium. Three prestigious keynote speakers from Alzheimer’s Association (United States), Dementia Training Center (Australia) and Kaigo Cafe (Japan) are invited to present their latest findings, rich knowledge and experiencs with 300 attendees. They will address the issue from three aspects: dementia supportive system, dementia friendly environment, and workforce development in long term care system.

We invite you to join the movement and become the pioneer of "building dementia friendly communities."

Date:October 13, 2017, Friday 9:00-17:00 (8:30 Start Registration)

Location: Chang Yung-Fa Foundation 11F (11F, No. 11, Zhang Shen S. Road, Zheng Cheng District, Taipei)

Registraion information


Photo Name Country Background
Peining Chang Ms. Peining Chang
Community Outreach Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter
USA Ms. Peining Chang, ACSW, is the community outreach manager at the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter. She provides education, training, care and crisis consultation, referral services, and lead support groups to families touched by Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. She leads outreach efforts to serve and engage Chinese community, developing plans, translating and designs outreach materials which are shared through association's chapter network.

She completed her Master of Social Work degree with Multi-ethnic practice concentration at University of Washington, Seattle, and has been in the field of aging for over 10 years. Prior to her work at the Alzheimer’s Association she worked at an adult day health care center serving a diverse elder population as a medical social worker.
Richard Fleming Prof Richard Fleming
Executive Director, Dementia Training Australia
Australia Prof. Richard Fleming is a psychologist who began his clinical career in the first Community Psychology Service established in England where he provided counselling and service development advice in residential and day care contexts in an impoverished area of London.

In 1995, he established the HammondCare Dementia Services Development Centre and assisted HammondCare to become the Australian leader in the development and delivery of residential services for people with dementia. In 2016 he led the formation of the consortium of five universities and Alzheimers Australia that became Dementia Training Australia. He has published papers on environmental design, reminiscence therapy, reality orientation, depression, assessment of the elderly and service evaluation and is the principal author of books on care planning for people with dementia, environmental design and a comparison between Australian and Japanese dementia care.
Hisako Takase Ms. Hisako Takase
Founder, Kaigo Cafe
Japan Ms. Hisako Takase started 未来をつくるkaigoカフェ(Kaigo Cafe) in 2012. Since then, the Kaigo Cafe has been actively acting as a platform for ideas and experiences exchange for all the people involved in the care delivery process including caregivers, care takers, social workers, students, family members and corporation which are in the aging sector.

Gathering more than 5000 people to join the events hosted by Kaigo Cafe, Ms. Hisako Takase builds a community that allows not just care providers but everyone from different backgrounds to understand the importance of "Dialogue with each others.”


Time 內容 Speaker
8:30-9:00 Registration  
9:00-9:15 Opening Ceremony  
9:15-9:45 Keynote|Global/Taiwan Action Plan on Dementia
Director General from Ministry of Health and Welfare
9:45-10:45 Keynote|Demetia Supportive System
Ms. Peining Chang
Community Outreach Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, USA
10:45-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:00 Experiences from Taiwan’s Integrated Dementia Care Centers (IDCC) Representatives from Taiwan’s Integrated Dementia Care Centers (IDCC)
12:00-13:00 Lunch & Networking  
13:00-14:00 Keynote | Dementia Friendly Environment
Executive Director, Dementia Training Australia, Australia
14:00-14:20 Local Practices on Dementia Friendly Community LiYu Tang
Secretary General, Taiwan Alzheimer's Disease Association, Taiwan
14:20-14:40 Break  
14:40-15:40 Empowering the Carers - Learn from the Kaigo Cafe Experience
Ms. Hisako Takase
Founder, Kaigo Cafe, Japan
15:40-16:00 Taiwan’s Experiences on Workforce Development in Long Term Care System Ros Lee
CEO, Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation, Taiwan
16:00-16:50 Panel Discussion|Let’s Build Dementia Friendly Community
Moderator: Director General from Ministry of Health and Welfare
Ms. Peining Chang
Prof. Richard Fleming
Ms. Hisako Takase
16:50-17:00 Closing Ceremony  

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Long-term Care Workforce Development -- The Kaigo Cafe’s Experience

“What is care?”

“I think care is a service industry that focuses on people which requires them to have a lot of creativity and in-depth knowledge.” -- by Ms. Hisako Takase, founder, Kaigo Cafe, Japan

Lack of manpower and talent is a pressing issue in long-term care industry around the globe. Everyone is asking: where can we get more talents? How to recruit more young people to join the workforce?

The workshop invites the founder of Kaigo Cafe, Ms. Hisako Takase, as the instructor. Five years ago, she took the above issue in her own hand and founded Kaigo Cafe as a platform to facilitate more dialogues among people with different backgrounds, and eventually recruit more people to join the industry. Through lectures, group discussions and presentations, the workshop welcomes the like-minded in Taiwan to learn the how-to from Ms. Takase and start our own “Kaigo Cafe.”



Photo Name Country background
Hisako Takase Ms. Hisako Takase
Founder, Kaigo Cafe
Japan Ms. Hisako Takase started 未来をつくるkaigoカフェ(Kaigo Cafe) in 2012. Since then, the Kaigo Cafe has been actively acting as a platform for ideas and experiences exchange for all the people involved in the care delivery process including caregivers, care takers, social workers, students, family members and corporation which are in the aging sector.

Gathering more than 5000 people to join the events hosted by Kaigo Cafe, Ms. Hisako Takase builds a community that allows not just care providers but everyone from different backgrounds to understand the importance of "Dialogue with each others.”


Time Content
12:30-13:00 Registration
13:00-13:10 Opening Remarks: Why Introducing Kaigo Cafe Model?
13:10-14:10 An Overview of Kaigo Cafe
14:10-14:30 Group Discussion
14:30-15:30 Exercise: Mini Kaigo Cafe
15:30-15:50 Group Discussion
15:50-16:30 Developing Community Integrated Services from Kaigo Cafe’s Experiences
16:30-16:50 Group Presentation & Feedback
16:50-17:00 Closing Remarks

Date:October 14, 2017, Friday 13:00-17:00 (12:30 Start Registration)

Location: Chang Yung-Fa Foundation 10F (10F, No. 11, Zhang Shen S. Road, Zheng Cheng District, Taipei)

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