According to the US Census, between 1950 and 2020 the number of adults 65 and older doubled, from eight to sixteen percent; by 2050 an estimated twenty percent of adults will be 65 and older. While advancements in medicine have significantly increased life expectancy, research indicates older adults who remain socially active live longer and feel more fulfilled. In 2018, UCLA joined the Age-Friendly University (AFU) global network to collaborate across academic disciplines, our many professional schools, and with staff, retirees, emeriti and alumni to support older adult equity.
On December 9, 2021, a panel of experts shared emerging trends in aging research and practice across UCLA, exploring how culture and society shape our views towards aging, and examining changing perspectives in the aging landscape.
One of the panelists, Fernando Torres-Gil, was also interviewed by Adriane Berg on her podcast, Generation Bold Radio, on December 8. Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD is a professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA, an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC, and Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. He has written six books and over l00 publications, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America (1992) and Lessons from Three Nations, Volumes I and II (2007). He is also the co-author of The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Diversity, and Immigration.
Please click here to listen to the interview.