During the 2016 Milken Institute Public Health Summit, which took place March 1 and 2 in Washington, D.C., USC Leonard Davis School Dean Pinchas Cohen took part in a panel discussion on healthy aging and the upcoming challenges and opportunities for older adults.
Other members of the panel included Linda Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; Freda Lewis-Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer with Pfizer Inc.; and Robin Mockenhaupt, Chief of Staff at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The panel was moderated by Paul Irving, Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and USC Davis School Distinguished Scholar in Residence.
“We have made incredible advances in increasing lifespan, but the advances we’ve made haven’t really been matched in healthspan extension,” Cohen said, emphasizing the need for a shift in focus from lengthening overall lifespan to increase the ratio of years spent in good health versus those spent with disability. He also spoke of the need to capitalize on the genomics revolution to provide personalized aging guidance rather than one-size-fits-all advice.
Video of the panel is available below and at the Milken Institute website.