Nearly 40 leading researchers, policy experts and journalists participated in this year’s Age Boom Academy, a joint event hosted by the Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Journalism School, to look into the issues of „Over-65 Voters and the Changing Political Landscape“. Ursula Staudinger presented her latest research findings on aging and demonstrated how the meaning of chronological age is relative. Thus, it would make more sense to generally speak of particular birth cohorts instead of a specific age. Moreover, Staudinger emphasized that our own perceptions of old age have a great impact on how we act and experience this stage in life.
At the workshop, participants intensively discussed the complex issues facing an aging society and their implications for coverage. The next Age Boom Academy will take place in June 2015.