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Critically Speaking

Apr 1, 2020

In this episode, Therese Markow and Paul Irving, Chairman of Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, discuss the changing landscape of aging and retirement. How has aging changed throughout recent history and what are the challenges that we, as a society, face looking towards the future with the changing family, economic, and society dynamics? We can’t ignore the realities of aging, but we also need to acknowledge the thought patterns and attitudes and how they negatively affect the workforce and society. They continue on to discuss the need for a national conversation on health and what we, as a society, owe to one another.




Key Takeaways:

  • Most of us will, at some point in our lives, be caregivers, need care, or both, and most services are not covered by Medicare.
  • Ageing is the one characteristic we all have in common. While we live in a society today that protects against racism, sexism, or other discrimination, the same is not true for people 50 and over. False assumptions regarding the capacity and ability to engage and contribute is something that needs tackled by all of us.
  • A majority of older adults are fully able to engage, provide value, and offer wisdom, judgment, and experience that adds meaningfully to workplaces, academic institutions, communities, and families. 
  • The question about the composition of workforces and how you enable, support, celebrate, and capitalize on the assets of older workers will be the differentiating factor between success and failure for the 21st century.



"Ageism is just as insidious and just as destructive and just as hurtful as racism, sexism, and other forms of bias and discrimination." —  Paul Irving


Connect with Paul Irving:

Milken Institute: Paul Irving   

Book Recommendation: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl


Connect with Therese:


Twitter: @CritiSpeak




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