Century-long lives are here. We’re not ready.

In the United States and beyond, 100-year lives will be common for those born today. Yet our institutions, economic policies, social and cultural norms have not kept pace. Through research, education/training, and out- reach, Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) helps shape individual, community and social choices to support lives that are longer, healthier, and more rewarding. We envision a future in which all people, regardless of socio-economic status, can make the most of the advantages afforded by increased lifespan—resulting inlives infused at every stage with a sense of belonging, purpose, and worth. We can meet challenges that longevity creates, and make the most of the 100-year opportunity if we act now, guided by these principles:


SCL advances a research-driven agenda that showcases the opportunities created by increased longevity, identifying actionable, evidence-based steps for enhancing the quality of longer lives from birth until death. We demonstrate the economic value of early- and mid-life interventions—underscoring the immense benefits of acting early and investing strategically. We also address longstanding race- and class- based disparities in healthcare, education, housing, and other social goods that hinder opportunities for all Americans to experience longer, healthier lives.

Increased longevity, one of the most profound transformations of the human experience, calls for equally momentous and creative changes in the ways we lead these 100-year lives, at every stage. We can meet challenges that longevity creates if we act now.

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In 2019, a cohort of fellows was appointed for a two-year term and charged with producing critical reports about nine domains that require major change to optimize long lives. In this phase, a new cohort of fellows is charged with building on the first phase by identifying and evaluating specific ways to improve century-long lives. For example, Apoorva Rangan and her mentor, SCL co-director Deborah Kado, a professor of medicine specializing in geriatrics, are working together to redesign medical school curricula to include more geriatric training. Currently, medical students receive almost none.

Now in its 10th year, the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is an annual global competition that provides promising designers with a path to drive change in the world.


In this annual convening, we ask smart, creative and innovative people tough questions surrounding the quest for healthier, happier, and more productive life spans. 


The Longevity Transitions Salon series features leaders from a wide range of fields who created new career paths and continue their contributions to society.


Do rules created when most people lived only to 50 or 60 still make sense when more and more people live to be 100? Longer lives are, at once, among the most remarkable achievements in all of human history and the greatest challenges of the 21st century. How can we ensure that our lives are not just longer, but healthy and rewarding as well? 

Century Lives seeks answers to theses questions by weaving together expert insights with the experiences of real people across the country, putting a human face on aging in all its complexity. 

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