The Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity

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Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity Report Summit

The NAM convened experts from across sectors, including policy, health, research, media, & business to discuss recommendations in the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity and ensure that aging societies in the U.S. can thrive.

Report Release

Commissioners of a new consensus report from the NAM—Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity—discussed evidence-based recommendations to harness global aging to benefit people of all ages.

Singapore Summit

Report commissioners gathered to discuss key findings and recommendations from the report in Singapore. This marked the start of the NAM’s regionally-focused dissemination efforts.

Gulf Summit

Report commissioners gathered to discuss key findings and recommendations from the report in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This event aimed to publicize and disseminate the Global Roadmap and next steps for Healthy Longevity in the Gulf.

About the Study

The Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity (the Global Roadmap) describes a path forward so the world can reap the benefits of older people while avoiding predicted challenges of population aging. Through evidence-based recommendations, the report describes how challenges can be translated into opportunities to promote healthy longevity across the life course and around the globe. To ensure that all people of all ages can achieve healthy longevity equity is at the center of the report.

The National Academy of Medicine assembled an International Commission to author the Global Roadmap with guidance from an International Oversight Board, comprised of leaders from foundations, business, government, and academia. The Global Roadmap emphasizes the need for equity within and across countries, and describes how improvements in social infrastructure, the physical environment, and health systems can lead to healthy longevity, and, in turn, to thriving societies.

Specifically, the Commissioners:

  • Envisioned a world with healthy longevity in 2050.
  • Explored and recommended approaches to enhance social infrastructure and the physical environment to strengthen socioeconomic and community support and enrich the livelihoods of people at all ages.
  • Identified and analyzed health systems, including public health, health care, and long-term care, emphasizing the need for all systems to prevent and manage the age-related chronic conditions that cause most death and disability globally, with the goal of supporting the health people need to live with meaning and purpose.
  • Investigated the role of work, retirement, volunteerism, and education across the life course in generating a longevity dividend for the good of all people.
  • Recommended metrics for measuring progress toward healthy longevity and research needed across domains to effectively and efficiently promote healthy longevity.


California Health Care Foundation
Nathaniel (Ned) David
Gary and Mary West Foundation
Harvey V. Fineberg Impact Fund
John A. Hartford Foundation
Mehta Family Foundation
Ministry of Health Singapore
National Research Foundation Singapore
National University Health System Singapore
National University of Singapore
Gil Omenn
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
Tsao Holdings limited
Anonymous Donor

Members of the International Commission

Linda Fried, Co-Chair
Dean, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

John Eu-Li Wong, Co-Chair
Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences
Senior Vice President, Health Innovation and Translation
The National University of Singapore

Isabella Aboderin
Professor of Gerontology and Perivoli Chair in
Africa Research and Partnerships
University of Bristol

Ann Aerts
Novartis Foundation

John Beard
ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research
University of New South Wales

Lisa Berkman
Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Laura Carstensen
Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Stanford University

Michele J. Grimm
Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor
Michigan State University

Paul Irving
Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

Mehmood Khan
Chief Executive Officer
Hevolution Foundation

Mosa Moshabela
Dean and Head
School of Nursing and Public Health
University of KwaZulu-Natal


Hiroki Nakatani
Keio University

John Piggott
Scientia Professor, Director
ARC Centre of Excellence in Population, Ageing Research (CEPAR)
Director, Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research (AIPAR)
School of Economics, University of London
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
University of Sydney

Jennie Popay (Active through July 2021)
Professor of Sociology and Public Health
Lancaster University

John (Jack) W. Rowe
Professor, Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy and Management
Columbia University

Andrew J. Scott
Professor of Economics
London Business School
Co-Founder, The Longevity Forum

Jeanette Vega
Chief Medical and Innovation Officer
Red de Salud UC-Christus

Eric Verdin
President and CEO
Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Yaohui Zhao
Professor of Economics
China Center for Economic Research of Peking University

International Oversight Board Members

Victor J. Dzau
Chair, International Oversight Board
National Academy of Medicine

Jo Ann Jenkins
Vice Chair, International Oversight Board
Chief Executive Officer

Keizo Takemi
Vice Chair, International Oversight Board
Member, House of Councillors

Nancy Brown
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association

Dame Sally Davies
Trinity College, Cambridge

Terry Fulmer
The John A. Hartford Foundation

William N. Hait
Global Head
External Innovation
Johnson & Johnson

Roman Macaya Hayes
CostaRican Social Security Fund

Rahul Mehta
NuView, Inc.

Chorh Chuan Tan
Founding Executive Director
MOH Office for Healthcare
Transformation Singapore

Mary Ann Tsao
Chairwoman and Founding Director
Tsao Foundation

Edwin Walker
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
US Department of Health and Human Services

Sir Andrew Witty (through October 2020)
Chief Executive Officer
United Kingdom


Samantha Chao | Associate Executive Director Extension, NRC Programs, NAM
Maureen Henry | Study Director
Emma Lower-McSherry | Senior Program Assistant


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