How are UK colleagues envisioning longer lives and rallying others? The Longevity Forum, an Encore Network member co-founded by Andrew Scott (co-author of The Hundred Year Life), is leading the way. 

In late September, the Forum and the Stanford University Center on Longevity convened The Global Agenda for a New Map of Life, connecting global leaders in Bellagio, Italy. Marquis names included Laura Carstensen, director, Stanford Center on Longevity; John Beard, former WHO director, Department of Aging and Life Course; and Jack Rowe, health policy expert. 

Big topics: components of a productive longevity agenda, the roles of government and society in developing those components, and national similarities and differences. Co-sponsors included the Rockefeller Foundation and Prudential Singapore. Experts represented many disciplines (health experts, gerontologists, pediatricians, economists, educators, finance experts and investors) and countries/continents (Africa, Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and the US). Working papers, case studies and participant interviews are available on the SLC website.

In November, the Forum sponsored Longevity Week, presenting events on science, policy and aging-related investment to an interdisciplinary, intergenerational audience. Its second Annual Forum explored science and technology, lifelong learning, financing longer lives, the effectiveness of health and social care systems, how humans and machines will coexist, and governance and ethical frameworks to ensure gains can help humanity reach its full potential. Keynote speakers included Joe Coughlin, MIT Age Lab; Linda Fried, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein University Institute of Aging.

In addition to its public programs, the Forum is home to Encore Fellows UK, led by Fellow Julia Randell-Khan. This first international replication of the Encore Fellowships program recently placed its first Fellow with Now Teach, a nonprofit recruiting older adults as classroom teachers.

For more information contact Julia Randell-Khan here.

Published: December 17, 2019