The School of Public Health invites you to attend the 2019 Gaylord Anderson lecture, part of our school’s 75th anniversary celebration, presented by Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A world-renowned expert in aging, Dean Fried will share her thoughts on “Preparing for (y)our longer life.”
The addition of 30 years to life expectancy changes societal opportunities as well as needs. Evidence indicates that there is great potential to increase health span into the oldest ages. This would enable societies to experience the benefits of longer lives and balance the needs of older age. Societal investment in these dimensions could create the basis for a Third Demographic Dividend.
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A world-renowned geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Linda P. Fried is a serial innovator, known for tackling the major issues of our lengthening lives that affect our collective health and future. Her scientific contributions include creating the transformational science defining frailty as a medical condition, illuminating its causes and the potential for prevention and treatment as keys to optimizing health for older adults; and research on numerous dimensions on healthy aging. She is the designer and founder of Experience Corps, an evidence-based senior volunteer public health program in which older adults serve in public schools. The program has demonstrated prevention of cognitive loss and functional decline in the volunteers and large benefits to students. Dean Fried’s work extends to advocating the potential for longer lives to be the basis of a Third Demographic Dividend if society is designed to benefit from the social capital of older adults and invest in health promotion across the life course.