News and Events

October 23, 2014  The psychologist and aging researcher Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is to receive the 2014 Braunschweig Research Prize. The prize is in recognition of the 55-year-old’s outstanding research work on the plasticity of the aging process and its consequences for demographic change. Staudinger is currently establishing globally unique interdisciplinary research centre at Columbia University: The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center.


October 20, 2014  Mr. Jeffrey Kwong, Program Director for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practioner Program at Columbia University, delivered a talk entitled Grey is the New Pink: Caring for LBGT Elders. 

October 20, 2014  Experts in aging and neurology recently released a scientific consensus statement on brain training games: 
“We object to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline when there is no compelling scientific evidence to date that they do. The promise of a magic bullet detracts from the best evidence to date, which is that cognitive health in old age reflects the long-term effects of healthy, engaged lifestyles. In the judgment of our expert group,exaggerated and misleading claims exploit the anxieties of older adults about impending cognitive decline for commercial purposes. We encourage continued careful research and validation in this field.”

October 17, 2014  On Friday, October 17, 2014, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., the Harvard Graduate School of Design presents "Aging + Place: Designing Housing and Communities for Aging Populations" in conjunction with the release of its report "Housing America's Older Adults."  The Columbia Aging Center's Associate Director, Ruth Finkelstein, will join a distinguished panel who will discuss opportunities in architecture, planning, and policy to enhance older adults’ well-being through affordable, accessible, well-connected housing, as well as through models of long-term care that support aging in place.

This event is free and open to the public. To register and attend or to watch the livestream, please visit this site.

September 30, 2014  Associate Director, Ruth Finkelstein, speaks about creating Age-friendly cities in her address to the Village-to-Village Network's annual meetings in Washington, DC.

September 14, 2014 -- Dr. Vegard Skirbekk was invited to speak on South Korea's number one foreign language station, tbs eFM 101.3MHz. During his discussion on This Morning with Alex Jensen, he discussed aging and the wage peak system. 

August 15, 2014  A recent review appeared in the August 2014 issue of Ageing & Society of Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging by W. Andrew Achenbaum (Columbia University Press, 2013).

August 14, 2014  From The Economist, an interview with the Columbia Aging Center's Associate Director, Ruth Finkelstein:

"The idea that having an aging workforce affects the competitiveness of a country is based on the erroneous assumption that having an aging workforce alone will have a positive or a negative effect. The impact depends entirely on the policies and practices that are in place.  For example, if people work longer, the overall pension and social security costs (the costs to the public of supporting older adults) decline, making labor cheaper overall. Furthermore, if people work longer, they act as consumers longer and at a higher level, which positively impacts economies. There is also increasing evidence that a mix of older and younger workers brings different strengths and skills into the workplace (for example, a mix of technology skills and institutional knowledge), which drives companies’ performances."

For the full interview, please click here.

July 23, 2014  Ursula Staudinger delivered the keynote address at the July 2014 ReServe National Conference.  A compendium from the meetings may be downloaded here.

June 12, 2014  The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center's International Longevity Center and the Columbia Journalism School will host the Age Boom Academy 2014 from June 12 to 14 this year. The Age Boom Academy is an intensive seminar designed for journalists, editors and producers in all media to gain a deeper understanding of the health, economic, and social issues of aging in America. Nearly 200 journalists have participated in one or more of the annual Academies since its founding in 2000 and this year's Age Boom Academy will explore the Over-65 voters and the Changing Political Landscape.

Click here to learn more information about this workshop.