News and Events

November 3, 2014  Associate Director Ruth Finkelstein wrote a letter to the Editor of the New York Times on October 28th to praise business owners who understand the value of older workers.  Winners of the Age-Smart Employer Awards, she said, "know the value of a worker with...experience and commitment is priceless."  Dr. Finkelstein's letter was in response to Rachel L. Swarns's piece "The Deli Business Is Still in His Bones, Two Decades Into Retirement."

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Age Smart Employer Award program is an initiative of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the New York Academy of Medicine. These awards, now in their second year, honor New York City employers who value workers of all ages.

October 29, 2014  Dr. Ros Altmann will deliver the 2014 Robert Butler Memorial Lecture on October 29, 2014, at Local Government House in London on the occasion of the ILC Global Alliance's upcoming meetings in the United Kingdom.  Associate Director of the Columbia Aging Center, Ruth Finkelstein, will co-present a paper with Geoff Greene on the future of public transport in an aging society and the attendant complexities of governance.

To read about Dr. Butler's legacy, please click here.  To read about our ILC work, please click here.

October 29, 2014  In Hartford, Connecticut, the Center's Dorian Block will deliver the keynote address at the Connecticut Association of Area Agencies on Aging annual conference "Creating Livable Communities for All."  Her talk is entitled "How We Move Livable Communities from Aspiration to Reality: Strategies from Around the U.S.

For more information, please visit C4A's site.

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).