8th Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017
Name: Junhee Hong, PhD
Position: Professor and Dean
Address: College of Physical Education, Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
Prof.Junhee Hong has been a sport counselor & psychological skill trainer for Korea national archery team and Korean women professional golfers who won LPGA, KGPA, JLPGA. He has also a chair of sport industry graduate program and a Dean of College of Physical Education at Kookmin University. Currently, he has got national grant to conduct research related to the integration of physical education to aging.
The ratio of population aged 65 or higher was currently 7.2 in 2000, 11.2% in 2010, and it is anticipated to rapidly enter hyper-aged society with the ratio of 14.3% in 2018 and 20.8% in 2026. This trend will be accelerated after about 7.2 million (about 14.6% of whole population) baby boomers (born between 1955 and 1963) will begin to retire from 2011 and will be counted as the elderly population from 2020.
This situation is not limited to Asian countries including Japan, South Korea, China, and Thailand and will become the international common project we have to work on. It has also increased the annual medical treatment cost per one elderly person at the age of 65 or higher and grew the infra- structure for the elderly population including expansion of an aged-friendly industry market. In this current situation, we need to provide a definition of Korean welfare service through sports participation and concentrate on efforts to develop contents and programs distributed to our society and to educate qualified professionals.
In the speech, a variety of vitalizing strategies to contribute to the field of Active Aging in South Korea will be introduced, and we will focus on collecting various opinions to plan more effective strategies reflecting history, culture, and economy in South Korea. Finally, we will introduce various strategies to revitalize the field of Active Aging through participation in sports in higher education in South Korea and provide ideas of where the field of Active Aging in South Korea has to go in the future.