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March 19, 2015  An article co-authored by Columbia Aging Center Director Ursula Staudinger and Associate Director Ruth Finkelstein appears in the 2015 edition of AARP’s international publication The Journal. Actively engaging people as we age and creating opportunity to do new tasks in the work force are strategies that provide advantages both to individuals and to society. To read more click here

March 18, 2015  Dr. Ruth Finkelstein discusses the role businesses can play in employing an older demographic that's eager to work with Crain's.

March 18, 2015  This award, in its second year, recognizes New York City businesses and non- profit organizations who have policies and practices that help to hire, retain, and engage four generations of workers. Examples of such practices include providing: flexibility in work hours and settings; training opportunities for workers of all ages; opportunities for older workers to transfer their skills and knowledge; or modification of work processes and assignments.

Last year, one of the Age Smart Employer Award winners – Settepani Restaurant and Bakery – was invited to the White House!

March 18, 2015  Nine International Longevity Centers participated in a panel presentation titled “Global Comparison on Healthy Aging” at the 4th Berlin Demography Forum: "Activity – Health – Participation" held in Berlin, Germany, March 18-20, 2015.

Organized by Prof. Axel Boersch-Supan (President of ILC Germany) and Prof. Ursula Staudinger (President of ILC USA), the panel was an occasion for the first reporting on the ILC project “Health Effects of Retirement,” which is analyzing data from the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (“SHARE”) and equivalent national and international databases. The project aims to shed light on how early or later retirement affects health and wellbeing.

Moderated by Prof. Axel Boersch-Supan (Germany), the participating panelists included Mr. Brian Beach (UK), Dr. Sara Carmel (Israel), Dr. Lisa Susana Daichman (Argentina), Ir. Marieke, A.E. van der Waal (the Netherlands), Dr. Didier Halimi (France), Ms. Jana Bakalova (Czech Republic), Dr. Sebastiana Kalula (South Africa), Ms. Susana Harding (Singapore), and Dr. Masako Osako ( Japan). Discussants were Dr. Alexandre Kalache (Co-President, ILC Global Alliance), Prof. Dr.Volker Deville (Allianz Deutschland) and Prof. Dr. K. Lenhard Rudolph (Leibniz Institute of Ageing Research). For details of the forum, please click here.  

March 12, 2015  SeniorPlanet.org invites Dr. Ruth Finkelstein to speak about how socities and policy initiatives help us live longer, healthier and happier lives. The talk will focus on initiatives in New York City and other cities worldwide to help engage and support older people. For more information see below or click here

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Doors open at 5pm.) 
Senior Planet Exploration Center
127 W 25th St Manhattan

FREE, RSVP required.

THIS EVENT IS WAIT LIST ONLY. Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite.

March 3, 2015  Senior Planet interviewed Associate Director Ruth Finkelstein about the qualities of age-friendly cities and highlights several examples of initiatives undertaken to improve safety, accessibility, and social and health services in cities around the world. She discusses the importance of broadening opportunities for older adults to stay active and engaged in their community and the need for a global accountability to involve older people in city-planning efforts.

February 23, 2015  Time Magazine devoted this week's issue to topics faced by an aging populace in a series of subjects its editors refer to as "dispatches from the frontiers of longevity." A blond, doe-eye infant shares the cover with the headline: "This baby could live to be 142 years old." In the magazine’s brief essays, two Mailman School of Public Health faculty members and aging experts, Ursula Staudinger and Ruth Finkelstein, are cited.

February 4, 2015  Dr. Ursula Staudinger will give a talk at Columbia's Technology and Medicine Seminar.

The seminar will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in Mudd 214 on the Columbia University Morningside Campus (at the corner of 120th and Amsterdam). Her talk is entitled "More years, more life: The plasticity of aging."

February 1, 2015  
Call For Applicants: Faculty Research Fellowships Relating to the Modifiability of Aging. 
Application Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015. 

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center seeks to bring together Columbia researchers from all over campus to enable the multi- and interdisciplinary study of the biopsychosocial nature of the aging process and its modifiability. Sponsored by the Center, these faculty fellowships are open to all junior and senior Columbia University faculty interested in innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on aging and the lifecourse. Recipients will receive an award of up to $60,000 to support salary and/or research expenses ($30,000 per annum for up to two consecutive years). Up to five (5), two-year Columbia Aging Center Faculty Fellowships will be awarded each year. The Faculty Fellowships are meant to lay the basis for subsequent larger scale funding efforts.

January 28, 2015  Center Director Ursula Staudinger spoke at the German Center of Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York City on the topic of cognitive plasticity in adulthood. In her talk, she presented the concept of in vivo (real-life) plasticity and discussed her research focusing on the opportunities and challenges of increases in average life expectancy. In her view there are three main factors that impact cognitive plasticity, which can be understood as the modifiability of human development. Biological and genetic information are crucial. However, she emphasized that biological factors need context to unfold.

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