The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to redesign long life. The Center studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 by improving the well-being of people of all ages. Learn more.
This year we reach the decadal milestone for the Stanford Center on Longevity – ten years of work redesigning long life. As we plan for the future, the year also serves as an important moment to reflect on our accomplishments, recognize the productive working relationships we have with our faculty affiliates, industry leaders, policy makers, and supporters of the Center.
Our three research divisions – Mind, Mobility and Financial Security continue to develop practical, impactful research programs that are focused on outcomes that can influence daily life. As we develop our research agenda, we actively seek the input of key influencers and decisions-makers who ultimately have the ability to effect a change. We use our “Launch Conference” model as a way to gather that input and this year, once again, saw a range of conference topics – including “Improving Communication for People with Hearing Loss”,“Working Longer and Retirement: Applying Research to Help Manage an Aging Workforce” and “The State of Financial Fraud in America”
We featured Courtney Martin, author of “The New Better Off” and noted Ted Talk speaker for the annual Distinguished Lecture which drew a large and diverse audience and generated lively discussion.
In the year after the inaugural Sightlines report was issued, we tackled the goal of making the data accessible and relevant – launching an interactive website that included in-depth data tools, news stories and expert commentary and interviews on Sightlines topics and we began work on the first in-depth analysis report on Financial Security to be published next year.
We are pleased with the continued growing interest and engagement in our annual Design Challenge. This year’s challenge, “Innovating Aging in Place” was chosen to encourage students to think about how new, emerging technologies can be used to support high quality of life around a wide age range. around emerging technologies. The 75 entries received, exceeded last year’s challenge by 50%. We continue to see very strong geographic diversity with representation from 20 countries. The winner, “TAME” is a wearable device to suppress pathological wrist tremors, giving tremor patients enough control to manage daily tasks.
During this year of reflection on the past and looking toward the future, we continue to be grateful for the support and counsel of the SCL Advisory Council and especially grateful to Council Chairman, Jim Johnson, for his remarkable leadership.