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January 25, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Longevity Economy: Unleashing the Potential of the Globe's Aging Population

The Boat House at Confluence Park

679 W. Spring Street | Columbus, OH 43215

Speaker: Joan Ruff, J.D. | AARP Board Chair

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Global population experts agree that population aging is one of the most dramatic demographic shifts we are seeing today, and this trend will have profound changes for nearly every country in the world.

In June 2017, a comprehensive report released by AARP, The Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report, examines the preparedness of twelve countries around the world for facing the challenges of growth in populations aged sixty and over.  This report, the first of its kind, focused on four key sectors: 1) Community and Infrastructure, 2) Productive Opportunity, 3) Healthcare and Wellness, and 4) Technological Engagement.  On each of these, the report assessed countries as leaders, movers, or laggards; the report cites the United States as a leader on only one of the four sectors (technological engagement). 

How are countries and communities ensuring that seniors remain independent for as long as possible and to be active contributors in their communities?  What are countries doing to leverage aging populations to meet evolving workplace demands?  Which countries are leading in efforts to keep aging people digitally literate as new technologies continue to emerge?  How are approaches to long-term health care impacted by a rapidly aging global population?

The Columbus Council on World Affairs invites you to join us on January 25 for a dialogue on these and related issues with the following distinguished speaker:

Joan Ruff, J.D., (AARP Board Chair) has worked as an executive, human resources consultant and attorney.  After more than 10 years as a tax attorney, she joined William M. Mercer Inc., where she consulted on employee benefits and compensation.  She then held executive management positions at Zurich Financial Services and H&R Block.  Her leadership on numerous nonprofit boards and committees includes service as Secretary/Treasurer of the Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts and chair of the Mid-Continent Girl Scouts’ Human Resources and Capital Campaign committees.  She has also contributed her expertise to Habitat for Humanity and the Kansas City Red Cross.  She resides in Mission Woods, Kansas, where she serves on the Mission Woods City Council.

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Joan Ruff, J.D.

AARP Board Chair

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Joan Ruff, J.D., has worked as executive, human resources consultant and attorney.  After more than 10 years as a tax attorney, she joined William M. Mercer Inc., where she consulted on employee benefits and compensation.  She then held executive management positions at Zurich Financial Services and H&R Block.  

Ms. Ruff’s leadership on numerous nonprofit boards and committees includes service as Secretary/Treasurer of the Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts and chair of the Mid-Continent Girl Scouts’ Human Resources and Capital Campaign committees.  She has also contributed her expertise to Habitat for Humanity and the Kansas City Red Cross.  She resides in Mission Woods, Kansas, where she serves on the Mission Woods City Council.