Why Now Is The Best Time To Grow Old: Stanford Center on Longevity

Stanford Center on Longevity is #2 on my list of “100 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Grow Old.”

The brightest entrepreneurs have attended Stanford University.  From the founders of Google, Yahoo!, and Charles Schwab, to Bradford Parkinson (driving force behind the global position system known as GPS), Stanford fosters visionary thinkers.

Invention doesn’t stop with these famous names.  This prestigious institution is home to the Stanford Center on Longevity whose mission is to “redesign long life” in order to live the best life physically, mentally, and financially.  The Center works with university scientist, professors, and postdoctoral scholars to bring their discoveries to the public.  This short six-minute video provides a glimpse at some of the work being done at the Center.

The center also hosts a Design Challenge, asking college students from around the world to design products addressing issues faced by older adults.  Last year’s inaugural Design Challenge sought ways to maximize independence for people with cognitive impairments.  Read about the winners in my post, Young Minds Tackle Challenges of Alzheimer’s.

The 2014-2015 Design Challenge just kicked off and is themed, “Enabling personal mobility across the lifespan.”  Submissions are due by December 5, 2014.  I can’t wait to see what ideas arise from this year’s Design Challenge and what other innovations come from the Stanford Center on Longevity.


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