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Aging and Beneficial Purpose in the 21st Century

Oct 23, 2014
Publisher: Milken Institute

Population aging is one of the great global developments of the 21st century. The vast potential of longer lives, made possible by remarkable advances in medical science and public health, demands fresh thinking and action. A new human capital resource is available to the world, courtesy of the demographic shift. Can we–will we–capitalize on that opportunity?

The Milken Institute and the John Templeton Foundation share the conviction that it is time for a culture change, recognizing the new face of aging and its promise for people and planet. The experts and thought leaders at our Successful Aging Innovation Summit: Work, Productivity, and Beneficial Purpose came together in May 2014 to share ideas and aspirations, address impediments, and lay important groundwork to move us toward that culture change.

We offer this report from our Successful Aging Innovation Summit in the spirit of spreading important information, urging nonpartisan solutions, and realizing impact. We seek to transform ideas into action, re-framing aging, encouraging intergenerational cooperation and collaboration, and changing lives across the United States and aging societies around the world. Recognizing the economic, political, and social significance of the older population, we are confident that the conversation started here will spur fresh thinking and innovation.