Introducing the seventh video on my YouTube channel


Clip #7: Age discrimination cuts work lives short.

There’s plenty of buzz about diversity in the workplace, and that’s a good thing. Research shows that being around people who are different from us makes us more diligent and harder-working, not to mention more open-minded. Diverse teams make better decisions because they draw on more data and more points of view. 

So why does the blindingly obvious point that age should be a criterion for diversity—alongside race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation—take people by surprise?

honored to be on a list of the world's 100 most inspiring women

Salt magazine has selected 100 female change agents – "visionary women who are shattering the glass ceiling, changing innumerable lives for the better, and having a positive influence all around the world." It's an astonishing list, including such luminatries as Aung San Suu Kyi, Amma, Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Warren and Pussy Riot, and I'm honored to be on it.

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now blogging for HuffPost50

In October, pioneering tech writer Steven Levy asked me to comment on a conversation on Medium on age diversity—the lack thereof and what to do about it, that is—in technology companies. My response, Of Course Companies Should Strive for Age Diversity, Even in Field as Innovation-Crazy as Tech, came to the attention of an editor at HuffingtonPost50, who invited me to join their roster.

terrific new report from the World Health Organization

The WHO's new 2015 World Report on Aging and Health offers a practical roadmap for reframing public health policies to accommodate population aging—“ageing,” that is. As the foundation for its recommendations, it identifies the first priority as “Changing perceptions of health and aging.” Rather than paraphrase, I’ll let a few excerpts speak for themselves. 

Introducing the fifth video on my YouTube channel


Clip #5: Discrimination—not age or ability—is the barrier to full citizenship.

It doesn't make much sense to discriminate against a group that we all hope to join one day. Everyone wants to grow old. Yet we go to great lengths to pretend it’s somehow, magically, never going to happen—at least not to us. “My mom is 90, but she’s not old,” someone insisted to me recently, as though it were contagious. 

Have I got a pitch for you: demento prevento!

We’ve known for quite a while that some people seem to escape cognitive decline well into their nineties and beyond. Intriguingly, the brains of these sharp olders often reveal the extensive abnormalities like the “plaques” and “tangles” seen in people with Alzheimer’s. We think it’s because they’ve built what scientists call “cognitive reserve.”