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The Future of Health Care for Older Adults Living in Urban Areas

Wolfram Herrmann, Paul Gellert, David Bruce Matchar, Angelique Chan

Worldwide, humans live longer, thus, the share of older adults increases. This leads to a shift in health care from acute diseases to chronic conditions and long-term care. Parallel, people live increasingly in urban areas. Population density and heterogeneity are high in urban areas; traditional family structures are less common. This poses challenges to the future of health care for older adults living in urban areas.

In this interactive workshop, we will present and discuss preliminary results from our project in the framework of the strategic partnership between the Berlin University Alliance and the National University of Singapore on health and social care needs of older adults living in urban areas. With short presentations, we will give you ideas and insights into the challenges of health care of the future. Together, we will discuss needs, threats and opportunities.



This event can be attended digitally via livestream or in-person with a limited on-site audience at the Museum of Natural History.

Livestream: Shortly before the event begins, the stream will be made available on this site. Add the event to your favourites and receive a reminder via email.

You may also join via this Zoom Meeting. If time permits, you are welcome to ask questions: Meeting-ID: 896 7752 8899 , Kenncode: 537762


On-Site: If you would like to attend the event on-site, please book your spot via e-mail to: helen.paul@berlin-university-alliance.de

Due to the current situation, we are required to ask for the contact information of each person entering the Museum of Natural History in accordance with the Protection Against Infection Act. We therefore require the following data from all persons who register: First name, last name, address, telephone number and email address.

On-site the protective and hygienic measures of the Museum of Natural History apply. The so-called 3G rule (for “geimpft, genesen oder getestet“, i.e. “vaccinated, recovered or tested”) will be applied: Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or is not considered recovered will be required to provide a recent negative Covid-19 test. Visiting the event is permitted with a medical face mask only.

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Wolfram Herrmann

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Prof. Herrmann is a doctor and epidemiologist. He is professor for general practice and health services research at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His work focusses on urban primary care. One of his interests is on how healthy urban ageing can be enabled in larger cities. He uses qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Paul Gellert

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Prof. Gellert is a psychologist and professor for social and behavioral gerontology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His work focusses on health care research and health promotion across the lifespan including self-regulation of successful ageing. He is highly interested in the aquisition of health knowledge and health literacy. Prof. Gellert uses mainly quantitative research methods.

David Bruce Matchar

Duke-NUS Medical School

Professor David Bruce Matchar is the Inaugural Director of the programme in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR) (2008-2018) at Duke-NUS. He is also Professor of Medicine at Duke University in the United States. Prof Matchar has worked in clinical research for over 35 years; his work primarily relates to stroke and other chronically disabling neurological disorders, as well as clinical and public policy analysis. He served as Director of the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research and established the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center, which was responsible for analysis in support of coverage policy for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as guidelines for medical professional societies. While the content of Professor Matchar’s research spans the range of clinical medicine, the essential nature of his work has involved integration of researchers from multiple disciplines under a common conceptual framework, to address important and complex healthcare issues. His overarching goal has been to promote the use of best evidence to support clinical and public policy decision making. A fundamental challenge is how to bridge the gap between analysts and decision makers—a challenge made more difficult when the issues involve multiple stakeholders, competing priorities, and are complex in detail and dynamics. Presently, Prof Matchar is studying the effectiveness of public health interventions against COVID-19 and has developed a model to estimate the number of COVID-19 infection cases and deaths in Singapore under different public health interventions, compared to the containment interventions implemented in Singapore.

Angelique Chan

Duke-NUS Medical School

Dr. Angelique Chan holds joint appointments as Associate Professor in the Signature Program in Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School and the Department of Sociology, NUS. She is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Centre for Ageing Research & Education (CARE, Duke-NUS). Dr Chan obtained her undergraduate degree, BA (Sociology) from Reed College, her PhD (Sociology) from the University of California at Los Angeles as a Rockefeller Foundation PhD fellowship awardee, and a US National Institute of Aging Post-Doctoral degree at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chan‘s current research examines disability transitions, mortality, and the effects of social support on health, caregiver burden, and use of long-term care services. She has published widely on aging issues in leading international journals including the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, Journal of Aging and Health, and Journal of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences and book chapters. She is co-author of a book titled Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs & the State (Routledge 2006) and Co-editor of Ultra-low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues (Routledge 2009). Her international work includes working with collaborators from Japan and USA on caregiving, work and retirement, and disability transitions. She has consulted for various local Singapore governments entities and international bodies such as the UNESCAP, The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

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Invalidenstraße 43
Berlin, Berlin 10115 Germany
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