News and Events

On March 9th, Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member, John W. Rowe, MD, presents at a meeting of Healthcare Executives Network at the Buck Center for Research on Aging in Novato, CA.

The Columbia Aging Center partners this summer with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research to present Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming across Cultures and Generations.  For application details, please visit:  Application deadline is April 1, 2017.

Demographer and economist, Vegard Skirbekk, presents at Geneva's Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerabilty.  His topic is "Age, Health and Productivity."  For more information, please visit:

The Berlin Demography Forum is a cross-party global dialog platform, which takes place annually with a changing set of questions on demographic challenges. The aim is to bring together leaders from politics, business, science and civil society and to discuss possible routes towards sustainable development and develop steps of action that tackle demographic change.

“Education and Integration” was the theme of the 6th Berlin Demography Forum that took place in mid-February in Berlin. Experts from 20+ countries examined the impact of demographic change on families, work life, health, and migration and the importance of education as a key factor for societal participation. A central question was what kind of school and work qualification young people, older employees as well as refugees need for the digitalized working world of today and tomorrow.

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism, will host the 2017 Age Boom Academy: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement. The Academy will be held in the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York City, June 8-10, 2017.  Click here for more information and to apply.  Applications are due March 3, 2017.


The Columbia Aging Center's digital narrative on what it looks like to grow old in New York City is featured this week in a slideshow in Next Avenue.  Directed, created and written by Senior Staff Association, Dorian Block, "Exceeeding Expectations" follows 20 people over 80 in their journey around New York City. The team spent thousands of hours and hundreds of days with our subjects to bring to light the stories of these New Yorkers.

Please join us for this seminar co-sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology and the Columbia Aging Center on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 12 p.m., in the Hammer Building Room LL-201, 701 West 168th Street.


The Columbia Aging Center invites you to join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 12:30 pm for this Brown Bag talk by Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellow Sunil K. Agrawal and his colleague Dario Martelli.  Dr. Agrawal runs Columbia’s Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory.  The talk takes place in ARB Room 440, 722 West 168th Street.

Your RSVP is requested:

The Columbia Aging Center invites you to join us on Tuesday, February 28th at 1 pm in ARB Room 440, 722 West 168th Street for this talk by Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellow Edward Owusu-Ansah.

Your RSVP is requested, please email Caitlin Hawke:

From WUNC radio coverage by Leoneda Inge about new research, headed up by David Weiss with colleagues Deirdre Robertson and Mailman School of Public Health MPH student Taylar Peoples, all from the Columbia Aging Center:

Researchers wanted to know if there is a difference between how white and black older adults perceive social status and self-esteem.