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Center for the Future of Aging: Winter 2023 Newsletter

Center for the Future of Aging: Winter 2023

In This Newsletter

Improving Dementia Care
Advancing Healthy Longevity
Strengthening Financial Security
Convening in DC and Abu Dhabi
Building the Center’s Team
Amplifying the Vital Work of the Center’s Advisory Board

Improving Dementia Care

  • Senior Director Diane Ty, Associate Director Rajiv Ahuja, and Advisory Board member Jennie Chin Hansen make the case in the American Society on Aging's Generations journal that a single Asian-American or AAPI classification masks underlying variations in dementia risk.

  • Adult day services are a valued but underutilized resource for many families, especially those affected by dementia. These services can improve older adults’ quality of life through social engagement and provide family caregivers with periods of respite, allowing them to focus on work and personal needs. Learn more from Rajiv Ahuja and Senior Associate Mac McDermott.

  • Despite progress in dementia risk reduction, testing, and treatment, the costs of care in the United States continue to rise alongside dementia prevalence, putting the onus on health-care providers and other stakeholders to increase access to high-quality dementia care services. That’s according to a new report by Claude Lopez, Bumyang Kim, Diane Ty, and Raj Ahuja.

Advancing Healthy Longevity

Strengthening Financial Security

  • “Recruiting and retaining older workers can solve immediate workforce challenges for many global organizations.” Senior Advisor Paul Irving shares his thoughts in WorkingNation on the challenges facing the workforce and the labor market in the coming year.

  • Paul Irving and his co-authors Bob Kramer, Jacquelyn Kung, and Ed Frauenheim analyzed survey data and interviews with older frontline workers to gather seven strategies for organizations to attract and retain older frontline workers in the Harvard Business Review.

Convening in DC and Abu Dhabi

The Milken Institute Future of Health Summit, December 6–8, 2022, in Washington, DC, convened the world’s brightest minds to confront the most significant health challenges by matching human, financial, and scientific resources with the most innovative, inclusive, and impactful ideas.

During the Summit, the Center hosted four public sessions available to watch (or rewatch) any time, on demand. We also co-hosted a convening with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s about “Action for Healthy Aging: A Private-Sector Initiative to Reduce Risk Factors for Dementia and Other Chronic Conditions.”

High-Tech and High-Touch: Solutions to Support Caregivers

Moderator Amy Goyer of AARP led our expert panelists through a discussion about improving long-term care options, broadening access to paid family leave, and developing tech to assist with juggling life, work, and caregiving.

Panelists included Joseph Coughlin, founder and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab and CFA Advisory Board member; Jisella Dolan, chief global advocacy officer of Honor and CFA Advisory Board member; Micky Tripathi, national coordinator for health information technology, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Monique Woodard, founder and managing director, Cake Ventures.

Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab and Jisella Dolan, Chief Global Advocacy Officer, Home Instead Inc.


The Future of Senior Housing: Building for Health, Engagement, and Accessibility

Moderator Kimberly Smathers of ATI Advisory asked our expert panelists: How do we build communities for health, engagement, and accessibility? Watch the full session on demand.

Panelists included Bob Kramer, co-founder of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, founder of Nexus Insights, and CFA Advisory Board member; Tom M. Moriarty, executive vice president, chief policy and external affairs officer, and general counsel for CVS Health; Jake Rothstein, CEO of Upside; and Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge and member of the Alliance to Improve Dementia Care.

Bob Kramer, Co-Founder, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care; Founder, Nexus Insights; Tom Moriarty, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, and General Counsel, CVS Health; and Kimberly Smathers, Managing Director, ATI Advisory


Harnessing the Power of Human Connection

Jennifer Wong, director of the Wallis Annenberg GenSpace, moderated a lively discussion covering everything from the health system to culture change that will encourage connection and stave off social isolation and loneliness.

Panelists included Anand Parekh, chief medical advisor of the Bipartisan Policy Center; Brian Robinson, global chief strategy officer of Havas Health & You; Mona Siddiqui, senior vice president of Home Clinical Operations, CenterWell, and Humana; and Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation and member of the CFA Advisory Board.

Anand Parekh, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Brian Robinson, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Health & You; Jennifer Wong, Director of Wallis Annenberg GenSpace, The Annenberg Foundation; Mona Siddiqui, Senior Vice President, Home Clinical Operations, CenterWell, Humana; Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation


A Revolution in Longevity Science

Anne Thompson of NBC News facilitated a discussion that explored new evidence regarding the best ways to extend healthy longevity and possibly reverse the aging process.

Speakers included Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research; Roberta Brinton, director and regents professor in the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona; Martin Dewhurst, global co-leader of the McKinsey Health Institute; Howard Fillit, co-founder and chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and steering committee member of our Alliance to Improve Dementia Care; and Dean Ornish, founder and president of Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

Nir Barzilai, Director, Institute for Aging Research; Roberta Brinton, Director and Regents Professor, Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona; Anne Thompson, Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent, NBC News; Martin Dewhurst, Global Co-Leader, McKinsey Health Institute; Howard Fillit, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation; Dean Ornish, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute


The 4th annual Milken Institute Middle East and Africa Summit, November 17–18, 2022, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, centered on the theme of “Celebrating the Power of Connection.” Our catalytic community of global thought leaders, senior executives, investors, government officials, and philanthropists shared the adversities and achievements of living through this moment in history—translating lessons learned into rebuilding meaningful, healthy, and prosperous lives for all.

Rajiv Ahuja interviewed Deepak Chopra about the mind-body connection as a precursor to a panel discussion with researchers and innovators on extending healthy longevity.

Rajiv Ahuja, Associate Director, Center for the Future of Aging, Milken Institute; Deepak Chopra, Founder, the Chopra Foundation


Alexandra Bause, Amit Etkin, Sergey Young


Panelists included Alexandra Bause, co-founder and head of venture of Apollo Health Ventures; Amit Etkin, founder and CEO of Alto Neuroscience; Mehmood Khan, CEO of Hevolution Foundation; and Sergey Young, founder of the Longevity Vision Fund.

Building the Center’s Team

  • We are hiring a director for the Alliance to Improve Dementia Care who will work with the 100+ members driving change to the complex health- and long-term care systems that people at risk for or living with dementia and their caregivers must navigate. The position will be available soon on our Careers page.

Amplifying the Vital Work of the Center’s Advisory Board