Ageism may be the last bias to still be tolerated in mainstream American culture. Older people are routinely excluded from TV screens, advertising billboards and other popular culture mainstays. Yet aging athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians and more have proven time and time again that you can age and still do great things. What will it take for the rest of society to catch up to this reality? The Atlantic's New Old Age forum convened top experts on aging for a frank discussion of age discrimination and explore relevant issues ranging from aging in place to longevity and work.
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- Wednesday, October 04
- 10:30 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
- 10:35 a.m.On Media: Portrayals of AgingSusan Donley, Former Publisher and Managing Director, Next Avenue
Anne Kreamer, Author, Going Gray
Michelle Lee, Editor in Chief, Allure
With Alison Stewart, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
- 11:00 a.m.Still Striving at Ninety Something Betty Reid Soskin, Writer and Activist
With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
- 11:10 a.m.Aging Well, Aging in PlaceEllen Cole, Co-author, 70 Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade
Joyce Jed, President, Good Neighbors of Park Slope
Kathryn Lawler, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement
Kelsey Mellard, Head of Growth, Honor Technology
With James Hamblin, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
- 11:35 a.m.Aging With Optimism*
Produced by our underwriter HumanaGeorge Shannon, Associate Professor, USC Davis School of Gerontology
Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Runner and Founder, 261 Fearless Running Community
With Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Care Delivery, Humana
- 11:45 a.m.Stretch Break-
- 12:00 p.m.Old Age, New TechnologyDavid Rhew, Chief Medical Officer, Samsung Electronics of America
With James Hamblin, The Atlantic
- 12:20 p.m.Living Longer, Working LongerAvery Chenoweth, Founder and Board Chairman, Here’s My Story
Monique Morrissey, Economist, Economic Policy Institute
Elizabeth White, Author, Fifty-Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal
With Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
- 12:45 p.m.Searching for Grandma on the Small ScreenStacy Smith, Director, The Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, USC Annenberg
With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
- 1:00 p.m.A Conversation with Norman LearNorman Lear, TV Writer, Producer and Director
With Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
- 1:25 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE
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