Healthy Aging

Dramatic growth in the aging population is causing significant opportunities and challenges for the corporate sector across a number of industries.

Business leaders in healthcare, insurance, technology, transportation, food and apparel are searching for innovative approaches to support healthy aging, and to create solutions to address the specific health concerns facing the elderly and their caregivers

Columbia experts can help translate the latest research findings into new technologies, programs, products and solutions. We can also assess the cost-effectiveness of new interventions, evaluate the potential health impact of new programs and products, and provide analytics to generate better insights on the aging population and their needs.

Key Faculty

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatric medicine. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and to creating a health span that matches our increased life expectancy, with a focus on prevention of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular disease. She is the co-founder of Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program. In 2014, she was named among the top one percent “most influential scientific minds of the decade” by Thomson-Reuters. 

Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, is a lifespan psychologist and aging researcher and a professor of Sociomedical Sciences. She is known for her work on aging’s effect on cognition and personality as well as her research on resilience and wisdom. Recently she has conducted groundbreaking studies to better understand how work affects cognitive aging. She was founding director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and has focused on knowledge transfer to policy makers, companies, as well as the general public as they seek to help societies address longevity in positive and productive ways.