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Advance Long and Productive Lives

The Grand Challenge to Advance Long and Productive Lives seeks to harness the skills, talents,

and experience of the growing number of older adults to respond to the demands of an increasingly

polarized and inequitable country. Adopting a life-course approach, the Grand Challenge seeks to

advance science to inform the development of equitable policies and programs in employment,

volunteering, caregiving, and education to maximize health, ensure economic security, and provide

more opportunities for purposeful living for those of all ages. This Grand Challenge aims to dismantle

systemic ageism, racism, sexism and other forms of oppression as they limit such opportunities.

During the past five years, output from members of the network and their colleagues has been prolific,

including 120+ publications, 100+ presentations, 40+ media interviews and 17+ grants. Looking ahead,

having established a solid conceptual foundation for their Grand Challenge, its members seek to

translate their research into evidence-based interventions and expand their network among educators,

practitioners, advocates, and students of social work at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.

LONGEVITY DESIGN CHALLENGE

NYU Silver School of Social Work Associate

Professor Ernest Gonzales, co-lead of

the Grand Challenge to Advance Long

and Productive Lives, led a team that

was one of eight finalists in the Stanford

Center on Longevity's 2018 - 2019 Longevity

Design Challenge. The team's i² Housing

intergenerational interdependence

initiative builds on traditional home

sharing to address the national challenges

of rising student debt, social isolation,

declining health, and affordable housing

among college students and older adults.

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