On the 27th of November, the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (CAGG) and EasyCare Academy (ECA) announced an agreement in which they will partner to bring the latest international standards for geriatric needs assessment to China for the first time and that the two parties will work together to localize and apply EasyCare Academy’s Respond 4.0 assessment model across China. The cooperation will also include all levels of caregiver training, as well as other offerings from EasyCare Academy, a Swiss-based social enterprise, that support healthy ageing with dignity.
A panel discussion at the Swiss Embassy in China, with a total of over 70 guests, titled, “Improving the Alignment of Health and Care to Change the Future of Ageing – a Sino-Swiss Innovation Project” was held on the occasion of the partnership announcement to bring to light the challenges and innovative opportunities to enhance the lives of the ageing population in China.
“Ageing is a universal challenge that comes along with lots of uncertainties. But it’s also an opportunity for joint efforts by creating innovative, widely accessible and sustainable answers,” said H.E. Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Switzerland’s Ambassador to China. “I am very pleased to see this Sino-Swiss partnership taking a steady step into redefining our future of ageing; together, more proactive, more engaging, and more promising.”
After signing the agreement, witnessed by both sides of the partnership and the Swiss Ambassador in China, EasyCare Academy also unveiled its plan to establish the world's first Center of Excellence in partnership with Pinetree Care Group, Renmin University and others interested in advancing and elevating the standards for the care of people as they age.
The panel discussion was then followed by a network reception, where guests and panellists had the opportunity to further discuss their Sino-Swiss cooperation.
Participants in the panel were:
- Professor DU Peng, Vice President, Renmin University and Director of Institute of Gerontology; Vice President, Chinese Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Dr. ZHANG Tuohong, Beijing office representative, World Health Organization
- WANG Ninie Yan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pinetree Care Group
- Professor Ian PHILP, Co-Founder, EasyCare Academy and Executive Vice President of R&D; Global Professor of Ageing, Stirling University
- Peter NICHOLSON, moderator; Co-Founder, EasyCare Academy, President and Chief Executive Officer