Age is Not a Medical Condition: Healthy Living After 50

Louise Aronson, professor of geriatric medicine & bestselling author of Elderhood

Monday, March 2, 12 - 2 pm

WBUR CitySpace

890 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 student; $20 premier reserved seating.


We’re all getting older. And for the first time in history, there are more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18. Humans are living longer and that adds new opportunities and challenges to the life cycle. Where once two generations over the age of 50 was rare, there are now four. 


So what do we make of this new reality? How do we reshape our expectations for and experience of life beyond middle age? This is the focus of a new program series, called The Future of Aging, that will bring together experts to address these questions from a variety of perspectives.


The first program, "Age is Not a Medical Condition: Healthy Living After 50," addresses the importance of lifestyle choices and accessible healthcare services. Louise Aronson, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and author of  the NY Times bestseller Elderhood: Reinventing Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life, will be the keynote speaker. Her talk will focus on how policies, medical systems, social opportunities, and personal choices shape age at least as much as biology.

A panel discussion will follow the talk. Joann Montepare, Director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies at Lasell University will lead the discussion with four panelists:


  • Jan Hively, Center on Aging & Work at Boston College and Co-Founder of the global Pass It On Network 

  • Lisa Krinsky, LGBT Aging Project Director, Fenway Health

  • Sarah Lamb, Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University

  • Terry O'Malley, Geriatrician, Mass General Hospital)


This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Gerontology Association.

The series was developed through a collaboration of individuals from the CNAP Alliance, Encore Boston Network, UMass Boston OLLI Program, Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging & Intergenerational Studies at Lasell University, and the Healthcare Administration Program at Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University.

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