A NEW
MAP OF LIFE

The Stanford Center on Longevity is creating a New Map of Life™
so that we can be mentally sharp, physically fit and
financially secure throughout century-long lives filled with a sense
of belonging, purpose and worth.

The possibility of living for nine, ten or more decades raises a uniquely twenty-first-century question: what are we going to do with our century-long lives?

Stanford Center on Longevity’s New Map of Life™ initiative aims to envision a society that supports people to live secure and high-quality lives for a century or more. This new initiative will research and define new models for education and lifelong learning, redesign how we work, advise new policies for health care, housing, the environment and financial security, and promote more intergenerational partnerships. It will also advance a new narrative, which redefines what it means to be “old” and values people at different stages of life. Media outlets, advertisers and the entertainment industry will play an important role in this effort by sharing stories and creating new imagery and content about longevity and aging.

Why do we need a New Map of Life?™

  • The existing norms no longer work because they evolved for lives that were half as long.
  • The traditional three-stage life course — education, work and family, retirement — is outdated.
  • A new life course is needed that is more flexible and has multiple stages.

The New Map of Life: Six Principles to Guide Long Lived Societies

  1. New roles and opportunities must be created so that people experience purpose, belonging, and worth at all stages of life
  2. Education is a lifelong pursuit
  3. Working longer will occur in multigenerational contexts
  4. Money. Opportunities to earn and save must be available throughout life to ensure financial security
  5. Advances in the science of aging must be distributed broadly in the population
  6. Physical health and the prevention of disease is critical to achieving the promise of longevity

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The initiative consists of three main components:

Research Fellows
Program
  • Conducting research in key domains such as: health, work, education, finances, environment, social influences and community
  • Holding weekly seminars to deliver regular updates on research
  • Working with journalists and communications staff in crafting translational articles, videos and podcasts
Communications
campaign
  • Building awareness of the impact and potential of 100-year lives
  • Introducing the initiative to both key stakeholders and  a broad national audience
  • Creating and driving a national conversation and dispelling myths
  • Illustrating and reinforcing the interconnectedness of domains

Global Agenda
  • Creating a general framework and set of principles which outline societal and individual changes
  • Building consensus on how to launch global and regional initiatives in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe under a shared global vision

Resources

“A New Map of Life”
White paper generated from the September 2018 Inaugural meeting on the New Map of Life Initiative.
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The Chautauqua Institution – July 2019
See videos and read articles about the weeklong event titled “The New Map of Life: How Longer Lives are Changing the World — In Collaboration with Stanford Center on Longevity” hosted at the Chautauqua Institution in July of 2019.
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“A Global Agenda for a New Map of Life”
White paper generated from the September 23-27 meeting at the Rockafeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy.
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MEET THE FELLOWS

EARLY CHILDHOOD INFLUENCES

Dr. Jonas Miller
Jonas Miller received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2017. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Jonas is broadly interested in how adverse versus supportive environments impact neurobiological, cognitive, and social-emotional development. In his postdoctoral work at Stanford, Jonas is expanding his work to study the prenatal origins of brain and emotional functioning in preschool-age children. The ultimate goal of this research is to identify biomarkers of risk for childhood difficulties at the earliest developmental time point.

Advisors: Dr. Ian Gotlib (Psychology); Dr. Paul Wise (Medicine and Health Policy)

 

EDUCATION

Dr. Ilana Horwitz

Dr. Ilana Horwitz holds a doctorate in Sociology of Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. In her research, Ilana asks: how do young people’s social identities—primarily religion, social class, gender and race—shape their educational journeys. She examines this question by analyzing various nationally representative, longitudinal survey and interview datasets. Prior to Stanford, Ilana worked as a management consultant and program evaluator. She also earned a master’s in Sociology from Stanford, a master’s in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Emory University.

Advisor: Dr. Ari Kelman

 

ENVIRONMENT

Diego Sierra Huertas (Built Environment Fellow)
Diego Sierra Huertas is a designer, researcher and entrepreneur. Currently, he is a fellow at the Stanford Center of Longevity, redesigning more equitable and fulfilling futures for century-long lives. After leading industry strategy at Microsoft for several years, he received an Isaac and Madeline Stein Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship in the U.S. to examine the implications of technology for equity in learning opportunities. He has advanced key technology inclusion programs in Latin America, including the novel affordable connectivity technology of TV Whitespace for rural areas. He has also worked in early-stage startups that improve learning environments through virtual reality and data science. Currently, he is interested in the design of technologies that improve learning for aging adults. He holds a M.A. in Learning, Design a Technology from Stanford University.

Advisor: Dr. Rob Jackson

Chenghao Wang (Environmental Fellow)
Chenghao Wang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. He is currently studying the relationship between multi-scale energy consumption and human well-being metrics to reduce the need for global energy infrastructure and increase global equality. Chenghao received his Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University in 2019, where he studied the sustainable development of cities with a focus on how green infrastructure (especially urban trees) can affect urban meteorology and climatology based on numerical simulations and remote sensing techniques.

Advisor: Dr. Rob Jackson

FINANCIAL SECURITY

Dr. Jialu Streeter

Jialu L. Streeter, PhD, is a research scholar and economist in Stanford University. She is a New Map of Life Financial Security Fellow at Stanford Center on Longevity. Streeter’s research primarily focuses on older adults’ financial and emotional well-being, including financial security in retirement, labor supply and retirement decisions, and social connectedness.

Advisor: Dr. Gopi Shah Goda

 

FITNESS & LIFESTYLE

Dr. Megan Roche

Megan Roche received her medical degree from Stanford University in 2018. She is completing a PhD in Epidemiology with a clinical research focus on bone health in athletes and genetic predictors of sports injury. In addition, Megan is helping launch a lifestyle medicine initiative at Stanford and is the Head of Endurance Sports for AxGen, a genetics company that informs athletes about personal injury risk and physiology.

Megan is a five-time national trail running champion, a North American mountain running champion, and a six-time member of Team USA. She is a co-author of the book “The Happy Runner” and a co-founder of Some Work All Play, a coaching group centered around finding long-term fulfillment in the process of running. Megan completed her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Duke University and competed in field hockey and track and field.

Advisor: Dr. Michael Fredericson

 

INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Sasha Shen Johfre

Sasha is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. Her primary research focuses on the social construction of age as a system of social difference. She is broadly interested in processes of social order and social inequality, including: the production of systems of social difference (such as gender, race, and age); quantitative and computational methods (including natural language processing); and cultural sociology (including the societal focus on things that are “natural”).

Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Freese

 

WORK

Dr. Alice Milivinti

Alice Milivinti is a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences. She obtained a PhD in Demography from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). During her PhD program, she spent a year at the University of Michigan for one year under the supervision of Prof. HwaJung Choi and Prof. Robert Shoeni, where she joined a project on the health implications of distance between adult children and their parents. Her research lies at the intersection of demography and population economics, focusing in particular on the methodological and statistical challenges related to casual inference. She specializes in using Bayesian methods and spatial statistics to study the spillover effects of public policies.

Advisor: Dr. David Rehkopf

 

HEALTHCARE & TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Andrea Jonas

Dr. Andrea Jonas is a current fellow in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department at Stanford University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University where she studied chemistry and physics. She went on to join Dr. Michael Greenberg’s neurobiology lab at Harvard Medical School as a basic science research assistant. She received her MD from Johns Hopkins University, where she stayed on to complete residency training in internal medicine on the Osler Medical Service. She is currently completing a fellowship in health care innovation and systems design as part of the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University. Her research interests include improving delivery of palliative care for patients with advanced lung diseases, particularly interstitial lung disease.

Advisor: Dr. Nirav Shah

 

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