Tuesday, October 14

"Aging Independently:
Turning the 'Silver Tsunami' into a 'Golden Tide'"

A discussion with 

Dr. Gary Swan

Director of the Center for Health Sciences, SRI International

Tuesday October 14, 2008
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The baby boom officially began January 1, 1946 in the US, with similar demographic shifts in other allied nations following WWII.  The first waves of this silver tsunami are eligible to receive Social Security benefits in 2008 at age 62.  By 2030, there will be approximately 58 million boomers over age 66.  As this large demographic ages, the US will be confronted by challenges unique in our history.  Worldwide, countries with declining birthrates will face a range of problems caring for their elderly.

Join Dr. Gary Swan for a discussion on aging in the US and other countries.  He will address the expected impact of aging baby boomers on society and the role of independent aging in meeting these challenges.  He will also cover various areas of SRI research, from the assessment and detection of neurological disease, to predictors of mortality and robotic helpers.

Dr. Swan has conducted research at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) for the past 30 years, serving as the Director of the Center for Health Sciences since 1987. His research areas of interest include treatment of aging, cognitive decline, nicotine dependence, genetic and environmental determinants of addiction and disease. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 20 NIH-funded grants and has published over 190 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Swan is the current leader of SRI’s Center for Research on Independent Aging, an internally funded consortium of investigators doing research on aging at SRI.

At SRI International Dr. Swan has twice received Professional Excellence Awards in addition to the Fellowship Award, SRI’s highest honor for researchers.  Dr. Swan received his doctorate in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1978.