May 2 – Americans See Medicare, Social Security "Crisis" Within 10 Years – Gallup


Two out of three Americans (67%) believe Social Security and Medicare costs are already creating a crisis for the federal government (34%) or will do so within 10 years (33%). The vast majority believe the programs will create a crisis at some point, with 7% believing the programs' costs will not create a crisis for the foreseeable future.

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May 2 – Extra weight linked to dementia risk – Reuters


Carrying around extra pounds during middle age was associated with a higher risk of dementia later in life in a new study that followed twins in Sweden for 30 years.

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Panel debates Washington debt battle

The May 3 panel on the current budget battle in Washington brought together political journalists and Stanford faculty at Cubberley Auditorium to discuss the merits of the Ryan and Obama budget plans, as well as the challenges in coming to a bipartisan solution to the growing deficit. The event featured speakers David Leonhardt, economics correspondent for The New York Times and 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner; John Harris, editor in chief of Politico; Susan Davis, congressional correspondent for the National Journal and Center on Longevity Faculty Affiliate David Brady, professor of Political Science and senior Hoover fellow. Center on Longevity Faculty Affiliate James Fishkin, chair of the Department of Communications, moderated the discussion.

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Social Media in the M.B.A. Classroom

At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a course titled "The Power of Social Technology," taught by marketing professor, and Center on Longevity Faculty Affiliate, Jennifer Aaker, promotes social good through nonprofit businesses. Whereas much is written about the mechanics of using Facebook, Twitter, and the like, Aaker's course addresses how to leverage the power of social technology to make a difference. By studying the Obama campaign, Kiva, eBay, and Nike, students learn how social technology can create political change, and how social good and profit-making can be compatible.

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Redesigning Long Life

In less than one century, life expectancy has increased by an average of 30 years in developed regions of the world. Quite suddenly, there are more people living longer in the world than ever before in human history and they are accounting for an increasingly greater percentage of the world population. Improved longevity is, at once, among the most remarkable achievements in all of human history and one of our greatest challenges.

Learn more about how the Stanford Center on Longevity combines scientific and technological discoveries with swift entrepreneurial action to address the challenges of aging societies.

Redesigning Long Life

Annual Report FY 2009-2010

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Faces of Aging: The Lived Experiences of the Elderly in Japan

Edited by Center on Longevity Faculty Affiliate Dr. Yoshiko Matsumoto and published by Stanford University Press, Faces of Aging is a new book that examines a wide variety of elder-related issues in Japan’s rapidly aging population through the eyes of those actually living through them.  Each chapter focuses on the personal experiences of real people, “going beyond the interpretations assigned by broader society.”

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Stanford research casts sober light on Russia's mortality crisis

While many have blamed Russia's economic and political transition for the increase in deaths following the Soviet Union's collapse, Stanford's Grant Miller and Stanford Center on Longevity faculty affiliate Jay Bhattacharya pin new blame on the demise of an effective anti-alcohol campaign.

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Decision-Making and Aging

Stanford PhD Greg Samanez-Larkin awarded 2010 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Distinguished Dissertation Award for Social Sciences

Greg Samanez-Larkin has been awarded the 2010 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Distinguished Dissertation Award for Social Sciences for his dissertation “Incentive Processing in the Aging Brain: Individual Differences in Value-Based Learning and Decision Making Across the Adult Life Span.” The CGS award recognizes the year’s best social science dissertation in the country. Greg presented his research to over 700 graduate school deans at the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools on December 2, 2010.

Samanez-Larkin’s advisors for the dissertation were Center on Longevity Director Laura Carstensen and Faculty Affiliates Brian Knutson, Samuel McClure and Anthony Wagner. His experiments explored age-related changes in learning and decision-making, which are not widely understood at this point. As Greg writes, “The proportion of older adults continues to grow rapidly here in the U.S. and across the globe, [and] aging adults may be required to make increasingly more independent health-related and financial decisions.” The well-being of these older adults depends on good decision-making.

Samanez-Larkin was nominated for the award by Stanford University, where he completed his doctoral studies in Psychology in 2010. His research and teaching has previously been recognized by awards from the American Psychological Association, the National Institute on Aging, and Stanford University. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Affective Neuroscience Lab at Vanderbilt University.