In its first 10 years, the Stanford Center on Longevity helped expand discussion of the world’s aging population, making that discussion both more inclusive and more optimistic.
The way researchers and policymakers talked about it 10 or 20 years ago, aging was not something to be happy about. Getting older meant disease and both cognitive and physical decline – conditions to be managed by people with little to look forward to.
Today, the discussion of the world’s aging population is more inclusive and more optimistic – and more ready than ever to tackle real challenges in the field – thanks in part to the efforts of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
“We feel that if we apply the best of science and technology to solving the problems of longer lives, we can turn added life expectancies into a tremendous gift instead of a burden,” said Laura Carstensen, a professor of psychology and the center’s director.