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ICAA leader to provide input at global roundtable on longevity

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Event aims to explore the factors driving economic challenges of an aging society

VANCOUVER--Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), has been invited to take part in the World Economic Forum’s expert roundtable on longevity, held in collaboration with Swiss Re and the World Demographic & Ageing Forum, on August 25. The event will take place at the Swiss Re Global Centre for Dialogue in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.

As people live longer and birth rates decrease, the changing ratio between the employed and retired populations is creating challenges. The roundtable’s goal is to explore the factors driving fertility and mortality rates, plus the economic implications for society of the increasing dependency ratio. Event participants will consider, in the context of a 10-year time horizon, those drivers, developments and impacts of growing life expectancy and labor deficits that could impact the global risk landscape.

“I am thrilled to participate in the Longevity Roundtable and to be able to share the combined knowledge of ICAA and its members with leading experts from around the world,” says Milner. “Results from this event will provide input to the World Economic Forum's annual Global Risks report. And, through this avenue, ICAA will again help to influence the world’s response to population aging.”

A visionary in older-adult health and well-being, Milner established ICAA in 2001 to support professionals who provide wellness and fitness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. As a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils, Milner has communicated the value of active aging on this world stage since 2008.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is an independent, nonprofit organization “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

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About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active aging—an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness—and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport.

For interviews please contact:

Contact: Colin Milner, CEO, ICAA
Toll-free: 1-866-335-9777 (North America)
Telephone: 604-734-4466; cell: 604-763-4595

Contact: Marilynn Larkin
Communications Director, ICAA

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