The New Old Age

October 4, 2017
New York City

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
  • 11:45 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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