ASA Videos: General Sessions at Aging in America

2016 Aging in America Conference

50 is the New 50

The way people are aging is changing dramatically. Yet much of society is still stuck in outdated stereotypes and misperceptions about what it means to grow older. Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, and guest editor of the recent Generations issue on self-empowered aging, believes we need to disrupt aging by challenging these outdated beliefs and sparking new solutions so more people can choose how they want to live and age. In this session at the 2016 Aging in America Conference in Washington DC on March 21, she discusses how we can disrupt aging to help people create a bold new path to living their best life at every age.

Unleashing the $8 Trillion Longevity Bonus 

Presented at the 2016 ASA Aging in America Conference and sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, this session offers insights into retirees’ giving preferences and habits, how giving gives back, the dynamics behind the three forces that will drive the coming giving surge, and insights about the individual, organizational and community implications.

Too often, population aging is viewed as a burden to society. The problem may not be our growing legions of older people, but our absence of imagination and creativity regarding what wonderful purpose all of this longevity and maturity might serve.

Anchored to key findings from Age Wave and Merrill Lynch’s groundbreaking new research study, "Giving in Retirement: America’s Longevity Bonus," this session examines: Why today’s retirees are far more driven by making a difference in the world and helping people in need than spending money on themselves; how retirees are now redefining success in later life in terms of “generosity”; the four pillars of legacy and why “values and life lessons” now trump “money and property”; and how charities, nonprofits and employers can become more adept at reaching out to retirees to utilize their time and talents more effectively.

Featuring: Ken Dychtwald, PhD, President & CEO, Age Wave; Cynthia Hutchins, CRPC, CIMA, Director of Financial Gerontology, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and ASA Board Member; Olympia Terrell, MSW, Age Wave and ASA Board Member.

2015 Aging in America Conference

Disabilities in Aging: A Future Redesigned

This session, presented during the 2015 Aging in America Conference of the American Society on Aging, explores the lives of older adults with disabilities who live in community and require creative accommodations to navigate independently through their homes, through streets, and in public buildings. Many older adults will experience some level of physical or cognitive decline by virtue of the normal process of aging. Others experience a sudden onset of health decline such as stroke, visual impairment or early onset of dementia.

Our panelists discuss such questions as: Who are the nation’s innovative leaders contributing to creative options that lead to greater independence in later life? How have advancements in urban planning, architectural design and biomedical technology contributed to a future of greater mobility and active living? Watch the discussion and join the journey to a future redesigned.

Our thanks to Walmart for its generous support which made this presentation possible.

Featuring: Marca Bristo, BSN, President & CEO, Access Living; Alex Hurd, MBA, Senior Director, Health and Wellness Division, Walmart Stores, Inc; Wanda Liebermann, DDes, Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley; and Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD, Director, Center for Policy Research on Aging, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Maturity Re-Imagined

How will you live the rest of your life?

The timing, power and purpose of maturity are being dramatically re-imagined as a result of increasing longevity, the boomer age wave and a spectrum of new lifestyle choices across adulthood, including health, family, work, housing, leisure, giving and money.
In this provocative presentation, recorded at ASA’s 2015 Aging in America Conference, Ken Dychtwald, PhD, President and CEO of Age Wave, and Chair-Elect of ASA’s Board of Directors, explored a wide range of game-changing issues in the longevity revolution.
Thank you to Bank of America Merrill Lynch for their generous sponsorship of this event.

2014 Aging in America Conference

The Future of Aging
Featuring: Joseph Coughlin, PhD, Director, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ken Dychtwald, PhD, President and CEO, Age Wave; Jo Ann Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AARP; Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD, Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs.

ASA's 60 Years in the Field of Aging: Looking Back, Leaning Forward
Featuring: Louis Colbert, MSW, LSW, Vice President of Operations, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Richard Browdie, MBA, President and CEO, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Caremark; Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN, President and CEO, American Geriatrics Society; Joanne Handy, RN, MS, President and CEO, LeadingAge California; and Gayle Shier, MSW, Doctoral Student, Northwestern University


2013 Aging in America Conference

Transforming Retirement: Timing, Roles, Funding, Challenges, Opportunities and a New Purpose
Featuring: Ken Dychtwald, Phd, President and CEO Age Wave
Introductions by Msgr. Charles J. Fahey, MSW, Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies, Emeritus, Fordham University and Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund; and Louis Colbert, MSW, Chair, American Society on Aging

2012 Aging in America Conference

How Boomers Will Transform Aging and How Aging Will Transform Boomers
Featuring: Ken Dychtwald, PhD, founder and president of Age Wave; Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group; Rhonda Randall, DO, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement; Gail Sheehy, author and columnist; and Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD, professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy, and director of the UCLA Center for Policy and Research on Aging, UCLA School of Public Affairs

2011 Aging in America Conference

We Must Stop Alzheimer's by 2020: The Need for a New Era of Geri-Activism
Featuring: Ken Dychtwald, PhD, founder and president of Age Wave; Meryl Comer, CEO and president, Geoffrey Beene Foundation - Alzheimer's Initiative; Harry Johns, president and CEO, Alzheimer's Assocation; and Stanley Prusiner, MD, Nobel laureate, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Science and director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of California, San Francisco

2010 Aging in America Conference

The Aging of America: Triumph or Tragedy? 
Featuring: Ken Dychtwald, founder and president of Age Wave; the late Robert Butler, then CEO, International Longevity Center; Tom Nelson, COO, AARP; Mae Carpenter, Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services
View the entire session (Parts 1-7)