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Kick-Off Event: Ageing Well in the Urban Environment

Montag, 22.05.23, 10:30 - 12:00 h CET/ 4:30-6:00pm SGT, online


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Kick-Off Event: Ageing Well in the Urban Environment

Demographic changes and urbanization are global developments that pose challenges to ageing well. Both Germany and Singapore are facing similar macro-level trends albeit in different socio-cultural contexts. The German and the Singapore populations are ageing rapidly, which is challenging traditional family structures and models of caregiving, stressing health systems in which primary care is less strongly developed, and highlighting the importance of financial security among older persons.Left unaddressed, this situation will result in fewer years of healthy life expectancy and a decline in the quality of life of older adults. The aim of this project is to investigate to what extent four key dimensions of wellbeing at older ages – health, mobility, loneliness, and financial security – are related to potentially modifiable aspects of older adults’ living environment, specifically health service availability and accessibility, built environment characteristics, and its age-friendliness.

In this kick-off event, we will have a further look at key dimensions of ageing well and present our joint research project. We will then discuss what we can learn from each on how to prepare health care systems for demographic change. Ageing Well in the Urban Environment - Meeting the Health and
Social Needs of Older Adults is a research project funded jointly by the Berlin University Alliance and the National University of Singapore in the grand challenge global health.

The event will be online and free of charge. You can register via




  • Opening and welcome -  Angelique Chan (DUKE-NUS) and Wolfram Herrmann (Charité)
  • Welcome address - Beate Kampmann (CharitéCenter for Global Health)
  • Key dimensions and topics
    • Demographic Change and Urbanization (Abhijit Visaria, DUKE-NUS)
    • Green Spaces (Dagmar Haase, HU Berlin)
    • Loneliness (Angelique Chan, DUKE-NUS)
    • Mobility (Paul Gellert, Charité)
    • Partnership, family and social cohesion (Denis Gerstorf, HU Berlin)
    • Patients’ Needs SST (David Matchar, DUKE-NUS)
    • Study design of Ageing Well at a glance (Wolfram Herrmann, Charité)

  • Panel Discussion on what Singapore and Germany can learn each other regarding health care under demographic change