Applications Now Open for Age Boom Academy

Each day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. And life expectancy rates are on the rise. According to recent research, the majority of babies born after the year 2000 will live to see their 100th birthday.

How should employers handle their aging workforces? And how do older adults wish to spend their post-retirement years? Who can even afford to retire? For the past 16 years, the Age Boom Academy has been working to answer these questions by educating journalists about the complex economic, health and social implications of an aging society.

The Academy is now accepting applications for its annual three-day workshop for journalists, a joint project of the Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Journalism School. From June 9 - 11, the Academy will focus on the future of work and retirement, and will feature leading experts in journalism, science and economics. It is designed to educate journalists on the many dimensions of this unprecedented increase in life span around the world.

This program, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is designed for local reporters and national correspondents covering aspects of aging, work and retirement. Both staff reporters and freelancers are elibigle to apply. Fellowships will cover travel, lodging and attendance fees. The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016.

Click here for more information and to apply now.


The 2015 Academy focused on the dramatic demographic changes around the world.

Speakers included:
Isabella Aboderin, African Population and Health Research Center
David Andelman, World Policy Journal
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor, Health & Human Services, New York City
John Beard, World Health Organization
Maurizio Bussolo, The World Bank
Joel Cohen, Rockefeller University & Columbia University
Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
Moïse Desvarieux, Mailman School of Public Health
Ruth Finkelstein, Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
Helen R. Hamlin, International Federation on Ageing
Louise Plouffe, International Longevity Center-Brazil
Gail Reed, MEDICC Review
Jack Rosenthal, President Emeritus, The New York Times Company Foundation
Bruce Shapiro, Columbia School of Journalism
Calvin Sims, International House, formerly of The New York Times
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
Vegard Skirbekk, Columbia Aging Center & Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Paula Span, Columbia Journalism School & The New York Times
Thomas Spoorenberg, United Nations
Ursula M. Staudinger, Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health

To see past Age Boom topics, please click here