The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to redesign long life. The center studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 and improve the well-being of people of all ages.
Meeting these challenges includes changing our public policies as well as personal behavior. Redesigning long life means appreciating the challenges of aging, as well as the great value older people contribute to a society.
More than 140 Stanford University faculty members are center affiliates. Their research includes a broad range of topics, including behavioral economics and decision making, age-related changes in cognition, assistive robotics, the potential of stem cells, and technology developments that reduce cost and improve health care delivery.
The center was founded by two of the world’s leading authorities on longevity and aging. Laura Carstensen, Ph.D., Stanford professor of psychology, is the founding director. Thomas Rando, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford professor of neurology and neurological sciences, is deputy director.
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