Bring the Family Address

Long Life in the 21st Century

Time and Location
Saturday May 24, 2008, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sheraton 4 & 5

Laura L. Carstensen

Laura L. Carstensen
Stanford University

We are approaching a watershed moment in human history. In just a few years, the number of people over 65 will surpass the number of children under 15. By the time our children reach old age, living to 100 will be commonplace. Rather than perceiving this as good news, most people respond to extended longevity with discussions about coping with or halting the aging process. Yet, to the extent that people arrive at old age mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure, long-lived societies will thrive. I believe that among the most pressing needs of the modern world is the development of “longevity science.” Science and technology offer alternatives to catastrophic predictions about societies that are overburdened by frail elders. Advances in science can form the basis of a culture in which we improve quality of life at all ages, and psychological science must be an essential part of that process.

Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.

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