FY 12-13 Annual Report of the Stanford Center on Longevity

The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to redesign long life. The Center studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 by improving the well-being of people of all ages. More

Mind Division

The mission of the Mind Division is to harness the human capital represented in a growing number of mature and talented older citizens. More

Mobility Division

The mission of the Mobility Division is to focus on challenges to physical movement across the life span. More

Financial Security Division

The mission of the Financial Security Division is to bring a unique interdisciplinary perspective to financial security issues facing our society by rethinking the perceived problems around an aging population, especially retirement planning and the need to work longer. More


Message from the Director

Laura L. Carstensen, PhD
Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Psychology & Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to report that we have completed a productive seventh year at the Stanford Center on Longevity. We convened several interdisciplinary conferences with business leaders, policy makers, and academics from various schools, and we continue to be featured prominently in news articles, publications, lectures and external conferences. We hosted influential research collaborators in the last year, including Jack Rowe, (Chair of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society), Frank Furstenberg (Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania) and Dana Goldman (Professor of Economics, USC). We collaborated with faculty from across the Stanford campus, working with the Center for Health Policy, the Roybal Center for Advancing Decision Making and Aging, the Stanford Center on Poverty and the Woods Institute on the Environment. The renowned New York Times columnist and author Jane Brody presented our distinguished lecture in March 2013.

As you will see from reviewing the tabs in this report, we continue to prioritize our work within three research divisions – Mind, Mobility and Financial Security. We believe that to the degree that people reach old age mentally sharp, physically fit and financially secure, aging societies will thrive. Demographic analysis informs our work at all levels, and our unique “launch” conferences bring together academic collaborators with business, government and non-profit leaders to find solutions to longevity challenges. We are determined to make sure that research findings do not stay locked away in academia but instead that they reach the people who can most benefit from them.

Our gratitude goes to Stanford University and to the donors, collaborators and friends who support us. Particular thanks go to Jim Johnson, the Chair of our Advisory Council, who has worked tirelessly in his first year as Chair to expand our Advisory Council to include 35 members from diverse backgrounds and expertise. We look forward to enlisting these new advisors to serve as ambassadors of the Center, as we extend our reach and pursue our research agenda.


Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Psychology & Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity