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Top Takeaways from AARP’s “Living 100” Gathering

Stria Staff April 12, 2018
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AARP and Forbes gathered boldface names in Washington D.C. for a day of presentations on the impact of longer life expectancy. Here’s what caught our attention at today’s Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100 event.

The Big Picture: Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, AARP

“As a society, we need to prepare for a time when it’s commonplace for us to live to 100…. We need to change the conversation in this country of what it means to grow older”

On Longevity Trends: Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership & International, AARP

“The average ten year old can expect to live to 100 in the best performing countries…. But gains in longevity have not be shared equally around the world.”

On Paying for a Long Life: Suze Orman, Personal Finance Expert

“I get that we’re all here to talk about living to 100, but I’m here to talk about living NOW. Because if you don’t deal with what you’re doing now, you’re wasting the most important commodity in growing wealth. That is time.”

To women, specifically:

“The time to learn about money is not when you have suffered the loss of the love of your life. It’s right here and right now. I decided to come back [from retirement] so I can talk to all of you.”

On the Process of Lifelong Learning: Dave Evans, Co-Founder, Stanford Life Design Lab

“Get curious. Talk to People. Try Stuff. Tell that story.”

On Connection and  Isolation: Cheryl Strayed, Author

“Behind every place of struggle or suffering or sorrow is a person saying ‘I’m alone.’… The most powerful thing I ever say [in her advice column] is ‘You’re wrong. You’re not alone.'”

On Wellness: Vivek H. Murthy, MD, 19th Surgeon General of the United States

“We can’t predict how much stress and adversity we’ll face throughout life but we can build up the tools we have to deal with them. And social connections are among the most important.”

On Keeping Moving: Jeff Halevy, Chief Executive Officer, Halevy Life

“What do we accept being ‘normal’ as we grow older? What I’d suggest to you is that disrupting aging means moving and exercise…. What gets bigger when you exercise? Your brain mass and you hypocanthus.”

On Aging and Productivity: Rich Karlgaard, Author and Editor-at-Large, Forbes Media

“I think it is time for a late bloomer revolution. We’re all going to live longer, and we need a way of blooming throughout our lives.”

And, finally, some inspiration from Ann Curry, Journalist:

“I asked my dad what I should do when I grew up and this is what he said: ‘Whatever you do, do something that is of some service to other people. Because then and only then will you know, on your last day, as you breathe your last breath, that it mattered that you were born.'”

Bonus from the event: Required Reading from Ann Curry.

“The Once and Future King” by TH White

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey by Spencer Wells

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