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.
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 featured William F. Frey, author of “The Millennial Generation – A Demographic Bridge to America’s Diverse Future” of the Brookings Institution, who is an internationally regarded demographer, known for his research on urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics and his expertise on the U.S. Census. We also hosted a talk by Joseph Coughlin, author of “The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market,” and Founding Director of the MIT AgeLab.
With the Sightlines Project, we continued to tackle the goal of making the data accessible and relevant –beginning work on the first in-depth analysis report on Financial Security to be published in the Fall of 2018.
We are pleased with the continued growing interest and engagement in our annual Design Challenge. This year’s challenge, “Promoting Lifelong Healthy Habits through Design” was chosen to designs to create and support healthy habits – including financial, physical, and social behaviors—which are shown to improve quality of life. We continue to see very strong geographic diversity with representation from 20 countries. The winner, ““Ride Rite” from Virginia Tech is a bicycle handlebar designed for older adults who have started to lose confidence in their ability to safely go on bike trips.
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.