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On the afternoon of April 21st, 2015, the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society unveiled the specially-themed issue of the journal Daedalus —the academic journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—comprising essays written by Network members. National leaders in aging engaged in an important discussion of the policy recommendations detailed in the Daedalus essays.

This policy-focused discussion featured a welcome address by John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University, on the opportunities and challenges facing an aging society, and an overview of key demographic trends by S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, University of Illinois. Panel discussions explored significant issues including productivity in an aging society, societal cohesion, and intergenerational relationships.

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society

“Successful Aging of Societies”

Policy Discussion: Addressing Issues Facing an Aging Society

Held on April 21st, 2015, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Faculty House at Columbia University

 

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University

Jonathan F. Fanton, President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Challenges and Opportunities for Development of a Successfully Aging Society

John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University

 

The Demography of Aging: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re HeadedS. Jay Olshansky, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Productivity in an Aging Society

Overview:

Lisa Berkman, PhD, Harvard University

 

Panel Discussion of Policy Recommendations:

Axel Boersch-Supan, PhD, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging

Linda Fried, MD, Columbia University

Dana Goldman, PhD, University of Southern California

John Rother, JD, National Coalition on Health Care

 

Cohesion in an Aging Society

Overview:

Frank Furstenberg, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

 

Panel Discussion of Policy Recommendations:

Toni Antonucci, PhD, University of Michigan

Axel Boersch-Supan, PhD, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging

James Jackson, PhD, University of Michigan

Martin Kohli, PhD, European University Institute of Florence

 

Concluding Remarks

John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University

 

About the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, established in 2008 and led by John W. Rowe, MD, is an interdisciplinary group of scholars that studies the critical issues surrounding the social, economic, and institutional implications of an aging society. The Network’s goal is to offer policy options to enhance the transition to a productive, cohesive, secure, and equitable aging society.

 

Network Membership:

John W. Rowe, MD, (Network Chair) Columbia University

Toni Antonucci, PhD, University of Michigan  

Lisa Berkman, PhD, Harvard University  

Robert Binstock, PhD, (deceased) Case Western Reserve University

Axel Böersch-Supan, PhD, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging

John T. Cacioppo, PhD, The University of Chicago

Laura L. Carstensen, PhD, Stanford University

Linda Fried, MD, Columbia University

Frank Furstenberg, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Dana Goldman, PhD, University of Southern California

James Jackson, PhD, University of Michigan

Martin Kohli, PhD, European University Institute of Florence

S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago.

John Rother, JD, National Coalition on Health Care

The MacArthur Research Network on an Aging is funded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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