The idea for the Center on Longevity Design Challenge arose out of a discussion between Laura Carstensen, Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and Russ Hill, CEO of Halbert Hargrove and the New Retirement Forum (NRF). While NRF usually focuses on aging in the context of financial planning, Russ recognized that planning retirement is more than just a financial question : “The New Retirement, compared to the expectations of yesteryear, is likely to be longer, more self-funded by retirees, involve work, and likely to be healthier. And yet, it often will also be subject to managing costly healthcare and even caring for parents in declining financial and physical health.” In that context, he asked what might be done to spur action. When the possibility of a design competition arose, the NRF stepped forward as lead sponsor.
The Stanford Center on Longevity wishes to thank NRF for its vision and support.