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The Future of Longevity

Human longevity is drastically increasing. In the coming years,  it seems possible that we will live out our extra years or even decades in vitality and good health. But will we be able to keep pace? In an age of rapid technological and scientific progress, our communities, politics, and economic institutions are underprepared for the coming challenge of longer human lives. If the average lifespan extends to 100 or even 150, what will it mean for marriage, the work force, and personal financial planning? What about the economy and entitlement programs? How can we plan now for increased human longevity and its inevitable impact on society and policy?

Thanks to Prudential Financial, Inc. for their support of this event.

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8:45am: Coffee and registration

9:00am: Welcome

Jacob Weisberg
Chairman and Editor-in-chief, Slate Group

Joel Garreau
Co-director of Future Tense, New America Foundation
Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values, Arizona State University

9:15am: “The Death of Til Death Do Us Part?”

Sonia Arrison
Author, 100 Plus
TV commentator and lecturer on longevity              

Chris Hackler
Director, Division of Medical Humanities, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Liza Mundy
Director, Work and Family Program, New America Foundation
Author, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family

10:00am: “Can We Ever Retire? Would We Even Want To?”

Lisa Mensah
Executive Director, Initiative on Financial Security, Aspen Institute

Jamie Kalamarides
Senior Vice President, Institutional Investment Solutions, Prudential Retirement

Mark Warshawsky
Vice Chairman, Federal Commission on Long-Term Care
Former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, US Department of the Treasury Former Director of Retirement Research, Towers Watson

Matthew Yglesias
Business and economics correspondent, Slate

10:45am: A presentation from Kevin Murphy and Robert Topel on their prize-winning paper, "The Value of Health and Longevity."

Kevin Murphy
George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Robert Topel
Isidore Brown and Gladys J. Brown Distinguished Service Professor in Urban and Labor Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

11:15am: “Can we live long and prosper?”

Gary Koenig
Director of Economic Security, AARP's Public Policy Institute

Michael Birt
Director, Center for Sustainable Health, Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute

Wilhelmina Leigh
Senior Research Associate, Economic Security, Civic Engagement and Governance Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Stephen Goss
Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration

Will Saletan
National correspondent covering science, technology, and politics, Slate

Event Time and Location

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071

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