News and Events

June 15, 2015  The 2015 session of Age Boom Academy, hosted by the Columbia Aging Center and Columbia Journalism School, was held on June 11th - 13th. To view the details of the program and speakers, visit the Age Boom website. Organizations who had representatives in attendance include, The World Bank, United Nations, the World Health Organization, the New York Times, the International Longevity Center Canada, and the University of California, Berkley. 

The program was covered by Ina Jaffe at National Public RadioLiz Seegert at and Richard Eisenberg at Next Avenue

June 8, 2015  The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center is pleased to announce its first cohort of Faculty Research Fellows.  The Center's competitive awards are designed to expand the breadth of aging research across Columbia University. Increased life expectancies in both the developed and developing world are leading to larger and larger populations living into their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Columbia Aging Center Faculty member Dr. Vegard Skirbekk will be presenting an Opening Talk at the September 9th Norwegian Demographic Society on aging, health and changing cultural beliefs. His talk, entitled "Age and value change – estimates worldwide,will present global data and projections on age and beliefs. For more information on the event, please visit the Norwegian Demograhpic Society's website.

May 28, 2015  The Columbia Global Centers interviewed Dr. Esteban Calvo, an adjunct professor at the Columbia Aging Center, about his research on retirement policies and their effects on health.

At this Aging 2.0 New York Chapter meeting, speakers Ruth Finkelstein and Elizabeth Isele will discuss how, with the adoption of some basic principles, working longer can be a win-win-win for older adults, businesses, and the society.

May 20, 2105  Columbia News sat down with Associate Director Ruth Finkelstein recently to discuss her work with the Aging Center. 

May 17, 2015  Columbia to welcome an international array of aging experts and journalists for the 2015 Edition of the Age Boom Academ, “Global Aging: Danger Ahead?”


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May 15, 2015  The first of two integrative closed workshops was held at Columbia University on May 15, 2015. With support from The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), The Institute of Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), and The Heyman Center, Dr. Neni Penourgia serves as the project investigator for the Project on Aging and aims to bring a perspective of social justice to medical and artistic takes on aging. The series of events oganized in this project promotes discussions about the problems, constraints and challenges surrounding the idea of "aging" -- from the hospital to the street.

Center Faculty member David Weiss organized a symposium entitled All in Your Mind? Pathways of Age Sterotype Activation, at the Association for Psychological Science's Annual Convention. Anne Reitz  presented a poster, What Buffers the Age-Related Decline of Openness? The Role of Societal Characteristics, at the conference.