Coordinator: Paul Irving
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Population aging and increasing longevity have profound implications for businesses, governments, and individuals across the globe. Aging presents health, financial, and social problems, and ageism remains an impediment to change. But a new understanding of the opportunities of longer lives is emerging. People today are healthy and vibrant for more years than in generations past and represent a formidable human resource. Lives are being reimagined as older adults delay retirement, launch businesses, learn, volunteer, and contribute in new ways to their communities. A longevity economy is developing as markets recognize this growing cohort’s demand for new products and services. Healthy, productive, and purposeful aging promises to strengthen societies, expand economies, and improve lives across the age spectrum. Can we overcome the challenges and realize the upside of our unprecedented demographic shift?
Paul Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, and chairman of Encore.org. He is a director of East West Bancorp, Inc. and Pharos Capital BDC, Inc., and serves on advisory boards at USC, Stanford University, the Global Coalition on Aging, and WorkingNation. Irving is a member of the steering committee for the National Academy of Medicine healthy longevity initiative and was a participant in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. He previously served as the Milken Institute’s president, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a law and consulting firm. Irving writes and speaks about investment and innovation in the longevity economy, health, productivity, and purpose for older adults, and the changing culture of aging in America and the world. PBS Next Avenue named Irving an “Influencer” for his leadership in the field, and he has been honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging, the Life Journey Inspiration Award by Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, and the Board of Governors Award by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.