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

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. The New Map of Life envisions a future in which all people, regardless of socio-economic status, can make the most of the advantages afforded by increased life span—resulting in lives infused at every stage with a sense of belonging, purpose, and worth. Learn more

Featured Research

Older Adults as a Solution for Early Childhood Education Gaps is a Win-Win
In her compelling testimony before the California State Assembly, Carol Larson, Consulting Senior Research Scholar at SCL, unveiled a win-win strategy: utilizing the wealth of experience and availability of older adults to address the shortage of educators in preschool and infant-toddler care. With insights from extensive research and focus groups, Larson champions intergenerational collaboration, highlighting the benefits for both younger and older individuals. Read more

Insights from Stanford Professor Nilàm Ram on the Shifting Perceptions of Old Age
New research reveals that perceptions of old age have evolved over time. Analyzing data from over 14,000 German adults across several decades, an international team of researchers, including SCL Co-Director Nilàm Ram, has identified a trend toward postponing the perceived onset of old age. The study highlights the influence of gender differences and societal changes on this shift, underscoring the complex nature of age perception. Read more

Century Lives Wins Silver at New York Festivals Radio Awards for “Best Personal Lives Podcast”
We are thrilled to announce that our podcast, Century Lives, has been recognized by the prestigious New York Festivals Radio Awards! Our episode “Wayne County, Kentucky” won the Silver Award for Best “Personal Lives Podcast.” We’re in great company, standing alongside NPR, The Boston Globe, BBC, and others. Listen and subscribe

Join us on August 7 for a conversation with Venki Ramakrishnan
Could we eventually cheat disease and death and live for a very long time, possibly many times our current lifespan? In Why We Die, Venki Ramakrishnan, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and former president of the Royal Society, takes us on a riveting journey to the frontiers of biology, asking whether we must be mortal. Register now

Making an Impact

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.



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