2020 VISION: Ageing Population

VODCAST - 17 February 2020 Sergei Scherbov on TRT World


In the next thirty years the number of over 60s in the world is expected to double. The global population is ageing. Are we ready? Sergei Scherbov was part of a roundtable discussion on TRT World to discuss aging populations. 

Scherbov is a distinguished expert in the fields of demographic modelling, population projections, data processing and presentation, and measuring aging. For many years, Scherbov has conducted research in the field of aging and developed new measures of age and aging together with colleagues. He was principal investigator of the ERC funded Reassessing Ageing from a Population Perspective (Re-Ageing) project at the World Population Program at IIASA that, among other things, ascertained the extent to which advanced societies are actually aging in multiple dimensions, including health, cognitive abilities, and longevity. The results of this project were compiled in a new book entitled "Prospective longevity: A new vision of population aging" that he wrote together with Warren Sanderson and that was published in November 2019 with Harvard University Press. Scherbov is also the IIASA partners in Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies (ATHLOS) project, that aims to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing pathways or trajectories and their determinants, the critical points in time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely clinical and public health interventions. The new measures of aging were comprehensively presented for all countries in the world and world regions in the Aging Demographic Data Sheet 2020.


Sergei Scherbov

Principal Research Scholar and Project Leader Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program



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