Aspen Lecture: Long Life in the 21st Century

We are approaching a watershed moment in human history; a time when old people outnumber children and living to 100 is commonplace. There are major challenges associated with this dramatic and sudden increase in life expectancy, yet we must not lose sight of the fact that long life presents unprecedented opportunities. If we use science and technology to solve problems associated with aging and we develop new social norms and lifestyles, the entire life course can be redesigned in ways that dramatically improve quality of life at all ages.

Speakers: Laura Carstensen
Festival: 2015

More on this Session

Watch and Listen: Science

Breakthrough research has revealed that the brain is especially open to change during specific periods in life –... See more
Do you think of yourself as an introvert or an extrovert? Or have you discovered that you are an ambivert, a balanced... See more
The Second City and Caring Across Generations have joined forces to develop a unique training program that strengthens... See more
Medical errors in hospitals rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by cancer and... See more
Invalid health news comes in many flavors. Some is utterly fake and potentially dangerous: asserting links between... See more
The genius of artificial intelligence (AI) is its capacity to swiftly mine repositories of data, such as the vast... See more

Pages