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Thewlis Lecture: Longevity and the New Map of Life

April 3, 2023
7-8 p.m. ET


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Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D. is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Psychology; and Director, Stanford Center on Longevity.

As life expectancy increases, conversations about aging often raise concerns.  Many of the challenges stem from a mismatch between living longer and the norms and institutions that guide us through life. Dr. Carstensen will share how a new, more flexible life course could better support longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

About the Thewlis Lecture

Malford W. Thewlis, MD, a former resident of Wakefield, RI, was a pioneer in the field of geriatric medicine most widely known for co-founding the American Geriatrics Society in 1942 and his manuscript, The Care of the Aged: Geriatrics, which was first published in 1919 under the title, “Geriatrics: A Treatise on the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases of Old Age and the Care of the Aged.”

In honor of Dr. Thewlis, URI established the Malford Thewlis Lecture on Gerontology and Geriatrics in 2006 to help raise awareness, enhance knowledge, and stimulate discussion about issues related to aging, longevity, and health care for older adults.

The event is held annually in the spring and is open to the public.