Panel: New Utopias: How Would You Make the Most of Your Longer Life?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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Please join us! This virtual panel will take via Zoom.  Zoom registration is required at the link below. For more information or to join our mailing list, please contact Caitlin Hawke at [email protected].


New Utopias: How Would You Make the Most of Your Longer Life?
Panelists: Isabella Aboderin, John Beard, Vishakha Desai, and Linda P. Fried
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022, 1pm NEW YORK | 7pm PARIS
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In a utopia, our “golden” years are filled with strong social bonds, good health, and security. How do you envision the last third of your life? With great gains in longevity in the Twentieth Century, how do we build societies that are less age-segregated, and that offer opportunities to older adults to be productive in the labor force and/or engaged socially? At 70, you may be caring for a 95 year-old parent, or you may be battling multiple chronic diseases, or you may be healthy and working. As we begin to go beyond the discussions of the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on older individuals around the world, it is time to focus on the often-neglected or misunderstood topic of later life, its implications for different societies, and its possibilities for individuals and communities. At a time of unprecedented global aging, our panelists – scholars with specialization in the medical and cultural issues of aging – will discuss new visions for the future. This discussion will be held in English.

Co-organized with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, the Committee on Global Thought, the Alliance Program, and the European Institute.