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In this essay, Paul Irving, chairman of the Center for the Future of Aging at the Milken Institute and distinguished scholar in residence at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology says it’s time to abandon outdated stereotypes about older adults and embrace the potential of this massive, underutilized human resource.

Irving, one of Next Ave’s 50 Influencer’s in Aging, describes a newly published report by the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, The Power of Purposeful Aging: Culture Change and the New Demography, which he says brings to light what science has demonstrated: Aging with purpose can provide a remarkable antidote to physical and mental decline.

“By modernizing policies and practices, by changing hearts and minds, we can fight negative age bias and tap the talents of older adults to serve young people and build a better future,” he says.

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