100YLA Online Conversation Series: Health and Life Expectancy

8:30–9:30 pm
Zoom Webinar


100 Year Lives in Asia (100YLA)

Life expectancy in Asia has increased significantly from 1955 to 2020. In many Asian societies, centenarians are still celebrated, but they are no longer a rarity. Society and government policies have not been designed around the expectation that people will live to 100. Education, career, family, financial security and many other topics will be explored in the 100YLA series to address the many changing needs people and their families have as they prepare to live longer lives.

COVID-19 has brought many consequences for young and old within their communities. The 100YLA series will discuss 100 year lives in the context of a world facing a COVID-19 future.

Kathleen Cagney, Professor of Sociology of the University of Chicago, will invite experts from Asia and the U.S. to discuss the phenomenon, implications, challenges and opportunities for an aging population in Asia.

Episode 2: Health and Life Expectancy

In this episode, Professors Kate CagneyAngelique Chan and Mark D. Hayward discussed how education and government policies play significant roles in contributing to unique population trends. Professor Chan gave the audience new perspectives on the importance of education in promoting healthy aging and reduced disability rates among the elderly in Singapore. Professor Hayward highlighted the negative consequences of policies and phenomena such as low cigarette excise tax, poor health awareness and weak earning capability, which contribute to declining life quality and expectancy among the aging population in the United States. Towards the end of the session, the speakers looked into the implications of technology and intergenerational engagement on healthy aging and how it will evolve during and after COVID-19.


Check out all 100YLA episodes HERE!


  • Professor Kathleen Cagney
    Chair of 100 Year Lives in Asia
    Professor of Sociology and the College
    The University of Chicago
  • Professor Angelique Chan
    Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research & Education
    Associate Professor, Health Services & Systems Programme
    Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Professor Mark D. Hayward
    Professor of Sociology
    Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts
    Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
    University of Texas at Austin