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The Future of Aging

Never before have people enjoyed life expectancy beyond age 80. Now, it is becoming commonplace in countries all around the world. With these extra years come many challenges to ensure that people are living not only longer lives, but rich lives filled with purpose and good health that benefit all generations and society at large.

Through innovation in science, policy, and practice, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, under the direction of Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, seeks to develop the knowledge base necessary to inform aging-related health and social policy locally, nationally, and globally, in addition to train a new generation of thought leaders to address issues facing societies of longer lives.

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center is composed of two major branches:

  1. The Aging Lab, which conducts disciplinary and interdisciplinary basic research aimed at deciphering the positive plasticity of the aging process and its limits
  2. The International Longevity Center, which incorporates work on knowledge transfer, advocacy, and outreach