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Aging in the 21st Century: An Intergenerational Dialogue
When scholars on aging gather, they normally talk to one another, or to policymakers, or to advocates for the elderly. In a break from that pattern, a group of nationally renowned experts on aging will discuss their findings with an auditorium of college-age people.
Students and scholars will talk about aging at a town hall-style meeting in Kresge Auditorium May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the intergenerational dialogue is part of an ongoing program called "Difficult Dialogues: Aging in the 21st Century." The program aims to build bridges among researchers, policy makers and the public to reduce myths about aging and to initiate informed discussions on the subject.
Panelists from Stanford include Laura Carstensen, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG); Elizabeth Roden, senior scholar at IRWG; economics Professor John Shoven; medicine Associate Professor Mary Goldstein; Gwendolynne Yeo, director emeritus of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center; mechanical engineering Professor Dennis Carter; and neurology Assistant Professor Thomas Rando, director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
Other scholars include sociology Professor Carroll Estes from the University of California-San Francisco, psychology Professor James Jackson from the University of Michigan, demography Professor Ronald Lee from the University of California-Berkeley, political science Professor Robert Binstock from Case Western Reserve University, and economics and public administration Professor Timothy Smeeding from Syracuse University.