Generations Forum

May 22, 2013
Washington, DC



The Atlantic’s inaugural Generations Forum convened leading scholars, demographers, health professionals, and urban planners for a half-day event focused on the top political, social, and economic issues and opportunities facing America as an unprecedented demographic shift takes hold.


In the coming years, 77 million aging baby boomers will create a need for new infrastructure and services in communities across the nation, particularly in the housing and transportation sectors. As lifespan continues to increase, we must look for both common sense and innovative solutions in healthcare given the demands of an aging population. Meanwhile, increased longevity will leave many Americans concerned about a secure financial plan for the future.


Conversations looked at how breakthrough technology, urban transit trends, social mores, and new approaches to land development and architecture are creating more livable communities, and experts assessed the changing labor force for families that may lack the financial security of the previous generation.


In a series of panel discussions and keynote interviews, The Atlantic’s Generations Forum analyzed how individuals, communities, and policymakers can seize opportunities to adapt to this new societal structure and embrace the demographic realities of America’s future.

The Atlantic's Generations Forum 
Wednesday May 22 

12:30 PM-4:30 PM


Newseum Knight Conference Center, Floor 8 
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
Washington DC









Presented by

Atlantic Live


  • Kathleen Cagney
    Kathleen Cagney Director, Population Research Center University of Chicago
  • Henry Cisneros
    Henry Cisneros Former Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and current Chairman CityView
  • Christopher Coes
    Christopher Coes Managing Director LOCUS
  • Matt Fellowes
    Matt Fellowes Founder & Chief Executive Officer Hello Wallet
  • Bill Gale
    Bill Gale Director, Retirement Security Project and Co-Director Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Teresa Ghilarducci
    Teresa Ghilarducci Author, When I’m Sixty-Four: The Plot against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them and Director Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School
  • Ray LaHood
    Ray LaHood Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Annamaria Lusardi
    Annamaria Lusardi Director; Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center; The George Washington University School of Business
  • J. Walker Smith
    J. Walker Smith Author, Rocking the Ages and Executive Chairman The Futures Company
  • Sarah Szanton
    Sarah Szanton Robert Woods Johnson Scholar, Associate, Hopkins Population Center and Associate Professor Department of Community-Public Health, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sarah Wartell
    Sarah Wartell President The Urban Institute
  • John Wilmoth
    John Wilmoth Director, Population Division United Nations


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