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Colloquium Speaker to Examine the Role of Children in an Aging Society

This Thursday, January 31, Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, will deliver a talk at Teachers College titled "Where Are Our Children in a Successful Aging Society?" Fried’s talk, which opens this spring’s Health, Behavior and Society Colloquium Series, will take place in 305 Russell Hall from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

The Health, Behavior and Society Colloquium is sponsored by TC's Office of the Provost and hosted by Deputy Provost John Allegrante. The other two speakers in the spring series will be Robert Kaplan, Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health, and Tracey Revenson, Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Kaplan will discuss "Emerging Evidence on Social and Behavioral Factors in Health Outcomes," while Revenson’s topic will be "Putting it in Social Context: The Next Decade of Research in Health." Kaplan will speak on Tuesday, February 19th, and Revenson will speak on Thursday, March 7th. Both talks will take place in 305 Russell Hall, from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Fried, the series’ opening speaker, is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging, particularly the prevention of frailty and disability, and design of approaches that will strengthen the benefits to all of being an aging society. Her work includes the design of health-promoting activities and roles for older adults that solve major societal needs.

Fried founded Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program designed to support the academic success of children while also serving as a health promotion program for older adults. Her research also has identified approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and the loss of independence.

Fried is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council and Council on an Aging World, and of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society. She previously directed The Johnson Hopkins Center of Excellence for Aging Research, the Center on Aging and Health, and the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. She led major multidisciplinary research programs on the causes and consequences of cardiovascular disease, frailty, cognitive impairment and disability in older adults, and approaches to prevention.

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