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In September 2023, CPH Principal Research Associate Dr Louise Lafortune presented the inaugural lecture for the APAC Network Seminar series.

Founded by Duke NUS Medical School (Singapore's only graduate-entry medical school), APAC is a new sharing platform that allows academics and health professionals to learn about emerging health care issues from experts in the field.

Taking the relevance of population aging to Asian economies as a starting point, a promising approach to mitigate the impact of aging on health ecosystems is to implement policies that prioritise prevention, early detection, and the management of chronic diseases. This entails shifting the balance towards the provision of more care and support in the community, with clear processes to implement these models in a sustainable way.

During the lecture, Louise shares her insights on community-based interventions for the ageing population, their resource and regulatory implications. The lecture draws from ongoing work into the Social Return on Investment of Age-Friendly Communities as well as asset-based models to foster ageing well in the community.