Health Care

The New Old Age

September 13, 2016
New York City

What would you do if you had an extra 30 years to live? Since the turn of the 20th century, average life expectancy has been rising steadily. In the United States, we can now expect to live an average of three decades longer than our great-grandparents. As we collectively age, our societal understandings of the rhythms of an average lifespan has been slow to adapt.

With nearly 10,000 baby boomers moving into retirement every day, The Atlantic examined the shape of the new old age and its impact on society. What will the new patterns of our life span look like? How will our youth-centered culture reflect new societal realities? How will retirement and work shift as Americans live longer? What role will technology and design play in facilitating the new opportunities and mitigating the challenges of the new old age?

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  • Tuesday, September 13
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:05 a.m.Live Longer, Retire Later? Vincent Alvarez, President, The New York City Central Labor Council
    Teresa Ghilarducci, Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School
    Joan Tucker, Director, Encore Transition Program, Pace University
    With Alana Semuels, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 9:30 a.m.Aging and Alone in Manhattan's Chinatown Video Presentation
  • 9:35 a.m.City Living Never Grows OldLindsay Goldman, Director, Healthy Aging, New York Academy of Medicine
    Christian González-Rivera, Senior Researcher, Center for an Urban Future
    Deirdre Scott, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts
    With Alana Semuels, The Atlantic
  • 10:00 a.m.Watson, Aging and Technology Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer, IBM and Watson Health
    With James Hamblin, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:25 a.m.Growing Old on the Big Screen Ellen Burstyn, Actress
    David Edelstein, Film Critic, New York Magazine
    Stacy Smith, Founder and Director, The Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:05 a.m.How the Health Care System Treats the ElderlyJason Karlawish, Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
    Rosanne Leipzig, Ritter Professor and Vice Chair, Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    With James Hamblin, The Atlantic
  • 11:35 a.m.Better Living through Design [via Skype]Gretchen Addi, Associate Partner and Portfolio Lead, IDEO
    June M. Fisher, Clinical Professor, University of California at San Francisco
    With Alex Wagner, The Atlantic
  • 11:55 a.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE


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