COVID-19 and the Future of Aging

Experts identify four priority areas to improve the lives of older adults.

Distinguished Scholar in Residence Paul Irving
Distinguished Scholar in Residence Paul Irving

USC Leonard Davis School Distinguished Scholar in Residence Paul Irving, chair of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, identified four major themes on COVID-19 and the future of aging that emerged from a series of 20 interviews with leaders from business, health, academia, policy and philanthropy. You can read and the full series on Next Ave, which published the collection in partnership with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging.

“The challenges of recovery are just beginning, and the work ahead can be daunting, writes Irving. “But our experts have given us cause for optimism and a compelling roadmap to a better future.”

Here are some excerpts from Irving’s article:

Advancing Research

“Leading health experts from our Advisory Board highlighted the urgency of investment in geroscience research that delves deeper into the biology of aging, and dissemination of information about effective public health measures to support healthy longevity, including exercise and nutrition.”

Adopting Technologies

“Technology and digital solutions were identified by our experts as powerful tools to increase health care quality and access, social connectivity and supports that can enable older adults to age in place.”

Tackling Ageism

“To realize a future where older adults are valued, empowered to shape their work and social lives and meaningfully engaged in their communities, our experts urge that we tackle ageism now, whenever and wherever it is encountered.”

Promoting Intergenerational Connection

“From increasing financial wellness and improving health to reducing social isolation and loneliness, intergenerational solutions offer powerful opportunities to increase understanding and empathy and solve vexing social challenges.”

The featured experts were all members of Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging’s advisory board and included USC Leonard Davis School Dean Pinchas Cohen.