Ethics, Aging, and the Coming Healthcare Challenge – that’s the title of a conference on Thursday at the Pontifical Lateran University. Co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the conference is discussing how different advances in science and society affect what it calls “inter-generational” solidarity.
“The longevity we have achieved in the 20th century – adding three decades to life – is one of the great social transformations of all time…the impact of that on the political economic world is huge,” says Dr. Michael Hodin is a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and one of the featured speakers.
He is researching the social, economic, and political consequences of aging populations.
“The basic social infrastructure that we have created in the 20th century is not fit for purpose to address the longevity challenge in the 21st century. It is something we should be celebrating, but we need to reframe public policy in order to address that,” he told Vatican Radio.
The conference is bringing together academics, practitioners, clergy, and policy-makers from around the world to discuss the issue.