As American society continues to have a growing older population, understanding all aspects of aging is a critical national priority. Perhaps no subject is more important than understanding what happens to our brains as they age and what people can do to enhance cognition as they get older. And there is, perhaps, no better person to explain this all than best-selling neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, author of the iconic best sellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind.
In his latest book, Successful Aging, Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as people get older and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, what people can do to make the most of their 70s, 80s and 90s.
Successful Aging uses research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences to show that 60+ years is a unique developmental stage that, like infancy or adolescence, has its own demands and distinct advantages. Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience.
Successful Aging inspires a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades and has the potential to revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise.
This event will be hosted at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, one of the leading research institutions on helping people live longer.
Levitin photo by Larry Moran
In association with the Buck Institute
February 5, 2020
Buck Institute 8001 Redwood Blvd. Novato, 94945 United States
Founding Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Minerva School; Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience, McGill University; Author, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives
Lead Translational Scientist, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
7 p.m. check-in 7:30 p.m. program
8:30 p.m. book signing
The leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. Each year, we bring nearly 500 events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to more than 25,000 members and the public, both in-person and via an extensive online and on-air listenership and viewership.
San Francisco Headquarters
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105