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Improving Lives Of Elderly With IT

Conference At UN To Look At Improving Lives Of Elderly With Information Technology

With the world's population of people 60 and older increasing by 1.2 million each year, a conference set to begin tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York will look at how information and communication technologies can help meet emerging economic, social and cultural challenges.

The forum on "Caring Communities for the 21st Century: Imagining the Possible - Age of Connectivity: Harnessing the Generations" will examine how changes in age structure and other challenges require adaptations of policy and action plans in order to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Professional and business leaders, ambassadors and UN officials will join experts in various fields in examining how information and communication technologies can enrich the quality of life of senior citizens - for instance, by creating networks of Internet-based information, training and support, as well as systems for social and health services.

Keynote speakers will include retired US Congressman Benjamin Gilman, currently the US Representative to the General Assembly, and Leonel Fernandez former President of the Dominican Republic and current President, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development.

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