For a society that has long ago projected an ageing population, little has changed in the way we plan and build for life’s later years. The culture of secluding older adults in specific points in the city has created an environment that excludes a sector of society most in need of support and integration. Our mature population is underrepresented in urban planning, exacerbating the social isolation that contributes to higher mortality rates.
Day 3 of the festival will deal with how we can change our approach to planning for the older adults, towards better physical and mental health and access to participating and benefitting fully from city life.
Questions & Answers
Founder and CEO of Demogera
Bradley Schurman is Founder and CEO of Demogera – a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations understand the challenges and harness the opportunities of demographic change with a focus on population aging. Demogera works to ensure that these subjects are considered across organizational strategies from human resources, marketing and communication, and product and service design. Prior to launching Demogera, Schurman was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of EconomyFour, where he led business development in Asia and Europe.
In addition to helping his clients achieve success, Schurman has been instrumental in securing the topics of aging and longevity as focus areas at both the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and World Economic Forum (WEF). Schurman was also responsible visioning and executing the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report- a groundbreaking collaborative research project between AARP and Foreign Policy Group. He is currently writing a book on demographics and how it will drive social and economic change around the world.
Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab
Susan Magsamen is the founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, a pioneering neuroaesthetics initiative from the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her body of work lies at the intersection of brain sciences and the arts—and how our unique response to aesthetic experiences can amplify human potential.
Magsamen is the author of the Impact Thinking model, an evidence-based research approach to accelerate how we use the arts to solve problems in health, well-being, and learning. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. An award-winning author, Magsamen has published seven books including The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonder, The 10 Best of Everything Families, and Family Stories.
Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging
Melissa Gong Mitchell is Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging, the leading business voice on aging policy and strategy. She also serves as Managing Director at High Lantern Group, a strategic communications consulting firm.
GCOA uniquely brings together global corporations across industry sectors to promote good public policy and market-based solutions centered on healthy and active aging. In her role, Melissa is responsible for the operations and management of the coalition, internal and external communication strategies, and member and stakeholder outreach and development, including fostering relationships and aligning partners across industry, academia, the NGO community, advocacy organizations, governments and global institutions. Melissa has spoken around the world about the opportunities of the aging mega-trend and the role of business in leveraging aging for economic growth. She has served as a member of the Professions Working Group that advises the Age- friendly New York City Commission and as a member of the Benefit Committee of the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the National Council on Aging
Anna Maria Chávez is the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the National Council on Aging, whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s oldest service and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and economic security of older Americans. She ensures that NCOA’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, consumer experience, advocacy, human capital, technology, programmatic and organizational culture strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization. Anna led the NCOA operations team in achieving NCOA’s 2020 social impact goal one year early in 2019.
Anna is one of the world’s top experts on women’s leadership, youth development, and aging issues and draws from her 25 years of public service and nonprofit leadership. She brings a wealth of experience from previous legal, public policy, nonprofit management, and brand management positions in Arizona, Texas, Washington, DC, and New York City.
Director of Healthy Aging at the New York Academy of Medicine
Lindsay Goldman directs The New York Academy of Medicine’s work in healthy aging. She draws on 16 years of experience in program development and administration, direct service, philanthropy, and social policy. Specializing in public-private partnerships to create age-inclusive environments, Lindsay oversees a portfolio that includes Age-friendly NYC; Health & Age Across All Policies NYS; and IMAGE: The Interactive Map of Aging. As the Academy’s aging expert and liaison to the World Health Organization, Lindsay has testified before Congress and has presented at The Atlantic’s forum, The New Old Age, the International Federation on Ageing’s Global Conference on Ageing, the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities.
Prior to her time at the Academy, Lindsay was responsible for strategic planning and allocations to support older adults in New York and Israel at UJA-Federation of New York and directed the Health Enhancement Partnership at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Recent publications include “A Demographic Success Story” in The Handbook of Geriatric Assessment (5th Ed.); “Age-friendly New York City: A Case Study,” in Age-friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MSW from NYU.