Like other developed and developing countries globally, Malaysia faces the challenges of supporting an ageing population. The World Health Organization (2015) has been critical of the approaches adopted internationally thus far and has argued that “more of the same will not be enough” and “with the right policies and services in place, population ageing can be viewed as a rich new opportunity for both individuals and societies”.
However, we do not consider ageing as a problem limited only to a particular segment of society. In fact, the present dichotomous approach of separating senior citizens from the youths is a rather short-sighted approach to what is actually an inter-generational concern that requires holistic attention to the ecosystem hosting our population. Therefore, ImaginAging was conceptualized with the idea of not merely to encourage blue-sky thinking and risk-taking when imagining what the future holds for the various communities, but also to push for using design-centric approaches to envisioning problems, creating solutions, and then implementing those solutions. This is increasingly needed in a world that is de-facto globalized and highly-connected.