Join Us for Our Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Recognizing the need to take action in the face of demographic change created by increased longevity, the National Academy of Medicine formed an international commission of experts from multiple domains to develop an evidence-based plan to advance healthy longevity and its societal opportunities around the globe. The result is the recent release of the National Academy of Medicine Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity.  To download the report, visit

The commission defines healthy longevity as the state in which years in good health approach the biological life span, with physical, cognitive, and social functioning — enabling well-being across populations. 

With an all-of-society effort to improve healthy longevity, based on the evidence, the commission concluded that the future of aging societies could be optimistic, with older people contributing to family, community, and society and living lives with meaning and purpose. Societies could thrive with a strong social compact, intergenerational cohesion, and strong economies with plentiful work and volunteer roles for people of all ages to have roles of meaning and valued purpose.

Evidence suggests that the costs of inaction are more people living in poor health, suffering, and dependence for more years; financial burdens on individuals, families and society; lost opportunities for people of all ages; gross domestic product that is lower than it would be with better health and full inclusion of older people; and increased fiscal burdens on government for supporting unnecessarily high levels of illness and disability. The potential alternative, lives of good health, function, meaning, purpose, and dignity, are achievable—now is the time to begin working toward this better future for all.

The 2022-23 Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center seminars and speakers will be inspired by the Roadmap and speak to future-back solutions, the assets of aging, social infrastructure, health systems and public health, health equity, and physical environments.

Please join us!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2022, 11:30AM-12:30PM ET via Zoom only
Location: Virtual seminar via Zoom only
The Global Roadmap for Health Longevity
John Beard, MBBS, PhD, Professor, University of New South Wales
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean and DeLamar Professor, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health; Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
John W. Rowe, MD, Julius Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Columbia Mailman Department of Health Policy and Management and Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
Registration required:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022, 2:00-3:00PM ET via Zoom only
Location: Virtual seminar via Zoom only
NYS Master Plan for Aging
Adam S. Herbst, Esq., Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
Registration required:

Monday, OCTOBER 10, 2022, 1:00-2:00PM ET
Location: Virtual seminar via Zoom only
Dr. Carstensen will speak about the Issue of Prosocial Goals in Healthy Longevity
Laura L. Carstensen, PhD
Director, Stanford Center on Longevity; Professor of Psychology and The Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Stanford University
Registration required:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022, 11:30AM-12:30PM ET
Dietary Patterns and the Brain – How nearly a century of dietary research is largely ignored but critically vital to healthy brain aging
Suzanne E. Judd PhD, MPH, FAHA
Director Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, Investigator on the REGARDS and RURAL Studies and Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Registration required:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2022, 11:30AM-12:30PM ET
Location: Hybrid seminar
Columbia Mailman School, 722 West 168th Street, Room 440
Online via Zoom – register below
Simons Foundation Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (working title)
Kelsey Martin, PhD
Director, Simons Foundation SFARI
Registration required:

Plus many other seminars to come!