Since 2006, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has met with recognized scholars from relevant disciplines identify areas where the Foundation could make an important contribution. This vigorous planning phase included meetings of American and European scholars with groups and organizations working in areas related to an Aging Society. From these meetings emerged an agenda for a research network to conduct a society-wide, broad-based analysis of the modifications required in our major societal institutions to facilitate emergence of a productive, equitable Aging Society in the United States.

Chaired by Dr. Jack Rowe, the Network focuses its interdisciplinary work on three predominant themes: Engagement and productivity for the elderly both in the workforce and in the community; intergenerational issues; and, issues related to disparities and inequalities.

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