Conference "Ageing perspectives and longevity challenges"

Organized by: Polish Association of Insurance Medicine, Fundacja na Rzecz Zdrowego Starzenia się
Place: Westin Hotel, al. Jana Pawła II 21, Warsaw
Date: 14th – 15th October 2014


Demographic changes resulting from societal ageing pose the biggest challenge to the economy of the developed countries. Polish population is the one ageing the fastest in Europe and we expect 3 million of seniors in the next 15 years.

The aim of the conference is highlighting the problem of population ageing in our country, especially from the medical, caretaking and financial point of view. Additionally we would like to define social support possibilities, also with the contribution of commercial insurers.

The Conference will host representatives of public authorities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour Social Policy, National Health Fund, insurance sector as well as guests from the academic, scientific and non-governmental society.

Honorary patrons of the Conference are: Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS) and Polish Insurance Association.

During the Conference a discussion concerning senior policy, systemic security of the elderly, insurance products and assistance designed for this group will be held. Moreover, possibilities of innovative technology implementation aiming at facilitating caretaking of the partly dependent elderly patients organisation. The first day of the Conference will be ended with the gala dinner with the invited lecturers and guests.

The second day of the Conference will be devoted to insurance-related topics. Examples of the organisation of the German elderly patients will be presented as a model of a cooperation between the public authorities and insurance companies. Long Term Care (LTC) protective system will also be covered through the examples from the Italian, French and German markets. Characteristics of risk assessment in products designed for the elderly patients will also be discussed with the special attention to disability and dependence risk assessment. The topic of actuarial modelling in senior-targeted products and assistance offers will be presented. The Conference will be concluded with the debate entitled “The potential of commercial senior insurance market”.



  Tuesday, October 14, 2014
09.00 – 09.30 participants registration, coffee
09.30 – 09.35 official opening address
prof. dr hab. Bolesław Samoliński (Head of The Coalition for Healthy Ageing, Head of Council on Senior Policy, Ministry of Labour Social Policy)
09.35 – 09.45 speech
Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz (Minister of Labour and Social Policy)
09.45 – 09.50 welcome of experts to participate in the debate
dr Krzysztof Grzyliński (PAIM)
09.50 – 11.20 Social debate – Social security system
  Social policy – a complex system of elderly social security
  • social consequences of ageing;
  • fulfilling the caretaking needs of the elderly – diagnosis based on PolSenior poll – medical, psychological, sociological, economical aspects of ageing in Poland;
  • Strategy of development: geriatric care system and solutions improving the quality of care in the healthcare system;
  • active ageing UE policy;
  • social security;
prof. dr hab. Bolesław Samoliński (Head of the Coalition for Healthy Ageing)
Zbigniew Derdziuk (President of the Social Insurance Institution)
Artur Brzóska (President of the Agricultural Agricultural Social Insurance Funds)
Marzena Breza (Head of the Department of Senior Policy, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Społecznej)
Michał Szczerba (Head of the Seym's Senior Policy Committee)
prof. dr hab. Piotr Błędowski (Vicepresident of the Polish Gerontology Society)
11.20 – 12.50 Economic debate – additional health insurance
  • organisation of health provision system for elderly patients. Healthcare and social security system unsuitable for elderly caretaking due to inconsistency and dispersion of services;
  • elderly long-term care is the burden of the closest family – the lack of public medical and extra-medical support system;
  • the place for innovative solutions in pharmacotherapy and technocal support of extra-health and activisation programmes for seniors.
Piotr Warczyński (Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Health)
Krystyna Skowrońska (Head of the Seym's Commitee on Public Finance)
Andrzej Malinowski (President of the Employers of Poland)
Jan Grzegorz Prądzyński (President of the Board of the Polish Insurance Association)
dr hab. Robert Gwiazdowski (President of Adam Smith Centre)
dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak (Warsaw School of Economics, the Institute of Statistics and Demography SGH, the Institute for Educational Research )
12.50 – 13.00 coffee break
13.00 – 14.30 Debate – Healthy ageing determinants – systemic challenges
  • integrated caretaking organisation based on specialized geriatric attitude incorporating the importance of memorising difficulties, disorientation in time and space, impaired eyesight and hearing loss, lowered physical fitness and circulatory system failure;
  • geriatric specialists and elderly caretakers shortage;
  • physicians' knowledge and capabilities deficit in the field of geriatrics;
Piotr Warczyński (Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Health)
dr hab. n. med. Mieczysław Pasowicz (President of the Polish Association of Hospital Directors)
Agnieszka Ruchała-Tyszler (Vicepresident of the Supreme Council of Physicians and Dentists)
Tomasz Latos (Head of Seym's Health Committee)
prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis (National Geriatric Consultant)
Krystyna Lewkowicz President of the All-Ponad Alliance of the Universities of the Third Age)
Dorota M. Fal (Consultant to the Board, Polish Insurance Association)
14.30 – 15.00 lunch**
15.00 – 16.00 Debate on innovation – The place and role of innovative technologies in elderly caretaking
  • new technologies as a caretaking support system;
  • prospects for systemic solutions allowing for medical service and pharmacotherapy development;
  • access to telecare and telemedicine as a tool of support and supervision over senior patients;
  • possible implementation of the new technologies for provision and pro-health actions;
Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz (Minister of Labour and Social Policy)
prof. dr hab. med. Henryk Skarżyński (Head of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing)
Grzegorz Cessak (President of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products)
dr Izabela Rzepczyńska (Deputy Head of the Programme Management Department, The National Centre for Research and Development)
Anna Bogusz (Director, Information and Publicity Department, Ministery of National Education)
16.30 summary of the 1st day of the Conference, invitation for the evening banquet
19.00 – 21.00 banquet, Hotel Westin
  Wednesday, October 15, 2014
08.00 – 09.00 participants registration, coffee**
09.00 – 11.00 Session I – Senior persons caretaking, insurance security – actuarial aspects
09.00 – 09.40 Ageing from the social insurance perspective
  • oolish system of social security;
  • social Insurance Institution perspective – the new social risks structurization: ageing and caretaking risks;
Zbigniew Derdziuk (President of the Social Insurance Institution)
09.40 – 10.20 Longevity risks: issues and challenges from the actuary's perspective
  • problems associated with valuation of senior-targeted insurance products in the light of demographic changes in the Polish population in the following decades;
Krzysztof Stroiński (Deloitte)
10.20 – 11.00 „Long Term Care Insurance – European Experience”
  • overview of insurance possibilities and products existing in various European countries;
  • risk factors presentation concerning disability and dependence;
Adriano De Matteis (Vice President, Head of Business Development EMEA for RGA International)
11.00 – 11.30 coffee break
11.30 – 13.30 Session II – Insurance protection – senior-targeted productsów
11.30 – 12.10 Expertise in planning and providing comprehensive care for seniors
  • german model of senior caretaking presentation – systemic cooperation between the public and commercial insurance subjects;
Reiner. M. Jacobus (CEO Ideal Versicherung, Gen Re Cologne business partner)
12.10 – 12.50 Risk assessment of the older person
  • what should be measured and when in order to precisely assess caretaking needs in the future>
  • Psychological aspects of ageing, lack of physical and intelectual activity;
Kevin Somerville (Chief Medical Consultant Swiss Re)
12.50 – 13.30 Product offer – the needs and challenges for the Polish insurance market
  • prospects for development of the market in the light of the new products, liquidation models and distribution channels;
Krzysztof Szypuła (Product Development Director, Prudential Assurance Company, Poland)
13.30 – 14.30 lunch**
14.30 – 16.10 Session III – Insurance offers for seniors
14.30 – 15.10 assistance services – support within reach
  • elderly often need not only physical help, but also emotional support. Technological development allows for ensuring safety thanks to sophisticated minitoring equipment and the presence of kind, loving persons;
  • closness-related relationships in the light of emotional needs as a future of assistance companies in elderly and single caretaking;
Tomasz Frączek (President, Mondial Assistance)
15.10 – 16.10 debate – potential of commercial insurance market in senior insurance

Krzysztof Grzyliński (PAIM)

Krzysztof Szypuła (Prudential)
Krzysztof Stroiński (Deloitte)
Tomasz Frączek (Mondial)
Kevin Somerville (Swiss Re)
Reiner. M. Jacobus (Ideal Versicherung)
Adriano De Matteis (RGA International)
Piotr Szczepiórkowski (Polish Insurance Assosication representative, vicepresident of the Board, Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A.)
16.10 – 16.15 concluding remarks, Conference closing


** – during the breaks exhibitions of companies' representatives offering devices and technologies facilitating the existence and/or assisting caretaking will be available.