News and Events

June 10, 2014  Eight European academies of sciences published a joint statement on demographic change in Europe, in which they urge policymakers to consider how longer working lives demand new, flexible life-course patterns. Also, the academies emphasize that Governments and institutions will need to plan for changes in population against a backdrop of climate change and shortages in natural resources.

June 1, 2014  Dr. Linda Fried discusses the importance of viewing aging through a positive lens in the article titled Making Aging Positive published in The Atlantic. Citing on important research findings and examples, she emphasizes the importance of investing in research and education on aging and health changes across the lifecourse to create successful aging. She also emphasizes the need to recognize old age as a meaningful step in life  and use of longevity as a game-changer for all sectors of society. 
Read the full article by Dr. Fried. 

May 5, 2014  A recent article by Gregory Beyer in The Huffington Post features Ursula Staudinger’s work on wisdom. Dr. Staudinger shares 10 elemental thoughts on what wisdom is, what it isn’t and why it’s so hard to attain. For instance, to move towards wisdom we need to constantly challenge ourselves and the established order of our lives. “It’s going a little bit beyond what you’ve done before, venturing out a little bit into new territory,” she told The Huffington Post. “It has to hurt a little bit — not in a masochistic way — but it has to be effortful.”
Click here to read the article.

April 21, 2014  Please join the Columbia Aging Center along with Perspectives on Aging, the Health of an Aging Society Certificate, and Students Studying Aging for celebrating a great year in aging work and meet others working in the field. The event will be held on Monday, April 21st from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in Riverview Lounge of Hammer Health Sciences building. Refreshments will be served. 

April 9, 2014  The upcoming Berlin Demography Forum 2014 will focus on “Security – Trust – Solidarity”. Emphasis will be put on the public and private security implications of demographic change, and on the question how to keep and reinforce trust and solidarity between our people.Visit the forum website for more information

March 12, 2014  Dr. Ursula Staudinger talks about the concept of wisdom in a recently published article "The Science of Older and Wiser" by Phyllis Korkki in The New York Times. As co-founder of the Berlin Wisdom Project, a research effort that sought to define wisdom in the 1980s, she makes a distinction between general wisdom (understanding life from an observer’s perspective) and personal wisdom (insight into one’s own life). Her model of personal wisdom includes five elements (e.g. self-insight, awareness of life’s ambiguities). Dr. Staudinger’s studies have shown that wisdom in this sense is rarely found in people. Also, wisdom actually declines in the final decades. While many people tend to develop a coping strategy in old age and look back on their lives in a more positive light, a wise person in contrast would acknowledge failures and losses, and still try to improve.
Read the full article featuring Dr. Staudinger here.

February 10, 2014  Dr. Ursula Staudinger discusses the plasticity of aging in a discussion event titled "Is Aging Reversible? Can we reset the clock?" at the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York. Dr. Staudinger was joined by Dr. Rodney L. Levine, Chief of the Laboratory of Biochemistry at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and James Collins, Chairperson of the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing in New York as part of the discussion panel.

February 6, 2014  The Age Smart Employer Awards, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, were announced on February 6 in New York City. An initiative of the New York Academy of Medicine and Age-Friendly NYC, the awards recognize employers who promote policies and practices that benefit multigenerational workforces and enhance business success.Dr. Ursula Staudinger was a member of the selection committee representing business and civic leaders. 

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November 27, 2013  Dr. Ursula Staudinger delivers the TSAO Foundation lecture on "Demographic Change and Growth – the Paradox" in Singapore. Guests included the President and First Lady of Singapore, Tony and Mary Tan; the Minister of Health and chair of the Committee on Aging; captains of industry, and university presidents.TSAO Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is dedicated to optimizing the opportunities in longevity. See video of Dr. Staudinger's talk.