Plenary Session: Aging Minds: Challenges and Opportunities

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Smaller families and advances in the extension of health and life mean that there are fewer children and young people and many more elders than in the past, a demographic change that will only intensify in coming decades. What will the psychological consequences be? The obvious concern is that increasingly fragile elders will need care from a shrinking pool of younger adults. But elders also have the potential to continue to make significant and unique contributions, and particularly to help provide care, teaching, and knowledge to others, even though they may need care themselves to do so. Indeed, there is reason to think that elders are particularly suited to care for and teach younger people. This symposium includes cutting-edge research on the challenges and opportunities of our aging population.

Chair: Alison Gopnik, University of California, Berkeley


Marc Freedman, CoGenerate

Patricia L. Lockwood, University of Birmingham

Susan T. Charles, University of California, Irvine

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