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Stanford's Roundtable discusses longevity, aging and its impacts on society

The aging of the baby boomers will affect every area of our lives – and leaders from the world of law, business and academia discuss what's to be done.

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Cynthia Haven, Stanford News Service: (650) 724-6184, cynthia.haven@stanford.edu

for immediate release October 11, 2010

By Cynthia Haven

A quiet crisis looms: Over the next three decades, the number of people older than 65 in the United States will double from 40 million to 80 million, and the percentage of older people in the population will increase from 13 to 20 percent. By 2032, they will outnumber children under 15.

Leaders from the worlds of business, law and academia will discuss the impact for the nation and the world in the fifth annual Roundtable at Stanford from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Maples Pavilion.

"Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers" will be moderated by Tom Brokaw, who served for 21 years as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and, since 2004, has been a special correspondent for NBC News.

Roundtable participants

Barry Rand, a Stanford alumnus, is CEO of AARP. He is also chairman of the board of trustees at Howard University.

Sandra Day O'Connor, a Stanford alumna, retired as a U.S. Supreme Court justice in 2006. She now serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Stanford Center on Ethics.

Laura Carstensen is founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. A professor of psychology, she is the author of A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health and Financial Security.

Robert Sapolsky, whose acclaimed research focuses on stress, neuronal degeneration and aging, holds appointments in biological sciences, neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford.

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, was instrumental in launching Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm. She was chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton. Fortune named her as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

John Hennessy, Stanford's 10th president, holds the Bing Presidential Professorship. He has launched university-wide initiatives in human health, environmental sustainability and international affairs.

The Roundtable event is free for students, staff and faculty with Stanford ID cards, as well as Reunion Homecoming participants with reunion nametags. Tickets for the general public are $10 and are available through the Stanford Ticket Office: (650) 725-2787. Parking is limited, so come early or use public transportation.

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