The mission of the Center for the Future of Aging is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging.

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We are proud that the Center’s work to advance purposeful aging was highlighted in the John Templeton Foundation’s 2015 Annual Report.


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Research Report and Index

Best Cities for Successful Aging



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Paul Irving Keynotes at the 2015 ASA Aging in America Conference

Longevity: Fifty Is the New Fifty

There are 78 million Baby Boomers in the United States, and they are living markedly longer than any other generation before them. Paul Irving and Marc Freedman sit down with Dr. Laura Carstensen to discuss how society and culture are shifting to celebrate and capitalize on a surplus of aging adults.

News media and other coverage of Best Cities for Successful Aging

The New York Times: Finding a Retirement Haven to Suit You

Yahoo! Finance: The best US cities for retirement

Forbes: Here are the best cities for successful aging

CNN Money: Forget Florida. The best cities for retirees

USA Today: Retiree stats, etc., to be thankful for

Wall Street Journal: The Best Places to Grow Old






Our Team

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Chairman, Center for the Future of Aging

Paul H. Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. Irving previously served as the Institute’s president, as an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University and as chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a law and consulting firm.

The author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose” (Wiley), a Wall Street Journal expert panelist and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Irving is a director of East West Bancorp, Inc., the American Society on Aging and, where he serves as vice chairman. Under Irving, the Institute launched its "Best Cities for Successful Aging" initiative — a report, index and data site that evaluates and ranks U.S. metropolitan areas based on amenities, infrastructure and opportunities for engagement for older adults. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Davis School, the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Advisory Council of the Global Coalition on Aging, Partners for Livable Communities’ National Advisory Board on Aging and the Bipartisan Policy Center Health and Housing Advisory Council. In 2014, he was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging. Irving previously served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he received the Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the law.


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Associate, Center for the Future of Aging

Arielle Burstein is an associate with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. She joins the institute after several years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, a multidisciplinary research program, where she translated demographic change into innovative social research on aging. Her work has helped to create industry wide changes to improve aging in healthcare, financial services, retail, technology and pharmaceuticals and other industries.

At the Center, Burstein continues to explore the opportunities the aging of the global population presents, with a focus on challenging conventional wisdom through stakeholder engagement, communications and helping shape the Institute's research efforts. Burstein works with Center leadership and advisors to convene experts in health, business, policy, philanthropy, and education to drive conversation and collaboration, promote thought leadership, and foster innovative ideas and action. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College.


Anusuya Chatterjee

Fellow, Milken Institute

Dr. Anusuya Chatterjee is a managing economist at the Milken Institute and an expert in the broad economic impacts of health- and longevity-related issues. She has led research on some of the Institute's highest-profile publications in the areas of chronic disease prevention and management, obesity, the economics of nutrition, investment in medical technologies, and aging. Many of her projects involve providing data-driven evidence to evaluate and recommend objective solutions for a healthy and purposeful life. At present, she is working on projects that measure economic dividends associated with health and economic wellbeing for both older Americans and citizens in other countries. Dr. Chatterjee created the influential Best Cities for Successful Aging index and co-authored a chapter in "The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose" (Wiley, 2014).

Her opinion articles have been published in news outlets such as Forbes magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and she is frequently quoted as an expert in mainstream media.  Her work has been cited by PBS, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, CBS, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She have presented both in domestic and international conferences and was a fellow, 2014 Rand Summer Institute on Aging. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Dr. Chatterjee held a tenure track academic position and had also worked in a specific project at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Her efforts in this particular project were instrumental in helping the state agency form the policy requiring all outpatient services to meet Medicaid standards. Dr. Chatterjee received a master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics in India and a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Albany.


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Health Analyst, Research

Sindhu Kubendran is a research/health analyst at the Milken Institute who focuses on areas of public health that include longevity, prevention, and chronic disease. At the Institute, Kubendran is a co-author of the reports including "Healthy Savings: Medical Technology and the Economic Burden of Disease" and "Checkup Time: Chronic Disease and Wellness in America," both of which examine medical expenditures and labor market outcomes associated with chronic disease.  She has also contributed to the "Best Cities for Successful Aging" project. She presented the "Checkup Time" paper at the 2014 International Health Economics Association World Congress.

Her past experience includes working with a University of California, Berkeley, research group to assess the environmental and health effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition, she has worked in chronic disease prevention and systems improvement at community health centers and social service agencies. Kubendran holds a master’s of public health degree with a focus on health services research from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley.