News and Events

November 16, 2015 The Dean's Seminar Series on Chronic Disease at the Mailman School of Public Health focuses on chronic diseases and the role of prevention, disparities, policies and interventions.


Accelerated Aging in Marginalized Groups: The Impact of Hardship
November 16, 2015 11:30 am – 1 p.m.
Eighth Floor Auditorium Alan Rosenfield Building

November 5, 2015 Dean Linda Fried penned a piece for the Washington Post on aging America and the need to make cities more livable. With an growing aging population and more people living in urban areas, Dr. Fried urges public health practitioners, urban planners and politicians to take action to make cities more livable.  AARP and the Milken Institute have both identified broad liveability categories in which to act:  housing, transportation, neighborhood, community engagement, healthcare and wellness, and opportunity for education and employment. 

October 29, 2015 The Washignton Post's Tara Bahrampour spoke with Drs. Staudinger and Calvo about how the timing of retirement and the complexity of work has effects on health. Her article, entitled, This is your brain on retirement — not nearly as sharp, studies are finding, provides a brief overview of the mountaing evidence that shows that retiring later can help people live longer and healthier lives. Preliminary results from Dr.

October 19, 2015 Wall Street Journal talks to Columbia Aging Center faculty member David Weiss about his research on aging stereotypes and the psychological effects of self-perceptions of aging. Identifying with and embracing one's generation can help one develop a positive social identity. Weiss's work has found that older people who thought about themselves in the context of their generation reported better well-being. As journalist Anne Tergesen says, how we feel about getting old matters. A lot.

October 19, 2015 Recognized aging and work experts, Drs. Ursula Staudinger, Ruth Finkelstein, Esteban Calvo, and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan authored a background paper entitled "Aging, work and health" for the recent World Health Organization World Report on Aging. Ursula Staudinger also contributed a piece on ageing and productivity which was featured in the main report.

October 18, 2015 Distinguished Columbia Aging Center faculty members Dean Linda P. Fried and Dr. John W. Rowe will be in Washington on Monday, October 19th for the Annual Meetings of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine. The scientific program is comprised of presentations and discussions that explore human aging. This full day event entitled "Aging: Complexities, Opportunities, and Impacts On Society" features sessions on the biology of aging; on aging, cognition and frailty; on society's influences, interventions and impacts; and finally on technology and aging.  The sessions may be livestreamed here.

Click here to read a brief synopsis of Dean Fried's talk, courtesy of Mailman School of Public Health. 

October 12, 2015 The Columbia Aging Center launches its Distinguished Lecturer Series with a talk entitled "The Neurobiology of Individuality," by Gerd Kempermann, Professor for Genomics of Regeneration at the Center of Regenerative Therapies and a Speaker at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Dresden.

October 10, 2015  Dr. Staudinger was acknowledged and cited in the recent World Bank Report: Golden Aging: Prospects for Healthy, Active, and Prosperous Aging in Europe and Central Asia. The report discusses the acceleration of population aging and the benefits of increased longevity.

September 21, 2015  A new study, published in the Lancet, suggests a primary preventation approach early in life in order to have the greatest effect on cognitive health later in life. Reducing risk factors, like depression and diabetes, and improving social determinants, such as education and living conditions also protects against dementia. The Columbia Aging Center's major tenet of primary prevention is exemplified by the results of this study and the Center holds firm to the belief that primary prevention, by way of policy planning and research, have the largest effect on reduction of later dementia occurrence and disability. Despite some promising results showing a decrease in dementia in certain age groups, life expectancy is still expected to increase, meaning that research and policy efforts are even more pressing.

August 31, 2015 The aim of the CAC Brown Bag Series is to discuss current theory and research on aging. CAC Brownbag meetings are informal meetings and participants are invited to bring lunch. The meetings consist of informal 45-60 minute presentations, given by external or CAC in-house researchers. The presentations are followed by a 30-45 minute Q&A session and group discussion. The schedule for the fall 2015 seminars have been set!