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Center for the Future of Aging
Welcome
Paul Irving
Center for the Future of Aging

At the Center for the Future of Aging, our work never gets old. We’re excited about the possibilities of longer lives and confident that scientific and social innovations can advance an aging revolution, enhancing health, productivity and purpose for all.

Medical and economic progress have provided humankind with an incredible gift: more life to live. By 2030, one in five U.S. residents will be 65 and older. Globally, the number of people age 60 and over is projected to leap from 900 million in 2015 to more than 2 billion by 2050, a far faster rate than overall population growth.

This demographic transformation brings great challenges and opportunities. Societies with aging populations stand at a crossroads. All of us have a stake, and the decisions we make and actions we take will affect not only the lives of the current generation of older adults, but of generations to come.

We can continue on the course of ageist business practices, unenlightened attitudes and ill-informed public policies. We can undervalue the older population as a human capital resource and overlook the growth of industries that serve them. We can fail to support their health needs and ignore their potential to contribute to society as leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and teachers.

Or we can do what must be done: embrace change and reap a tremendous longevity dividend on a global scale.

The Center is accelerating a needed shift in thinking at this crucial inflection point. Our data-driven research is focused on impact. We convene experts in policy, business, academia, health, philanthropy and media to identify solutions to the challenges of aging and drive positive change. Our regional, national and global communication initiatives inform and educate.

Our CFA Quarterly website showcases the latest thinking and news from those who share our goals and collaborate in our work, including the Center’s staff and our accomplished Advisory Board. We’re proud to be associated with these leaders in the field and appreciate their support of the Center’s mission.

We hope the CFA Quarterly will be your trusted resource for information and insight on aging, and we welcome your engagement and input. Join us as we challenge conventional wisdom and create a better future of aging.

 

 

 

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