A New Map of Life

Discussions about aging in our nation and around kitchen tables are typically fraught with concern. However, many of the challenges that longevity raises stem from a fundamental mismatch between the length of the lives we are living and the social norms, cultural institutions and supports that guide us through life.

The Stanford Center on Longevity argues that we must build a culture that supports century-long lives. In this webinar, Dr. Laura L. Carstensen provides a birds-eye view of longevity and the role that culture plays in extending life expectancy. We will also address ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic offers unique insights to redesign our lives and improve quality of life at all ages.

This webinar will help you learn about:

  • The role that culture plays in extending life expectancy
  • The importance of building a culture that supports century-long lives

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Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy

Dr. Carstensen’s research program includes theoretical and empirical study of motivational and emotional changes that occur with age and the influence such changes have on cognitive processing. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has served on the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society and the National Advisory Council on Aging to National Institute on Aging. She is the author of A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity.