Applications Now Open for Age Boom Academy

Nearly one in five Americans 65 and older are now working, according to recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the most employed older people since the early 1960s, before the U.S. introduced Medicare. The U.S. now has the largest number of older workers in its history, and those workers are spending more time on the job than ever before.

Is there a relationship between health and how long you work? How does this relationship change for people with different backgrounds or different jobs?  How does retirement affect cognitive and physical health? For the past 17 years, the Age Boom Academy has been working to answer questions like these 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 8 - 10, the Academy will focus on inequities in health and work in old age, and will feature leading experts in journalism, science and economics. It is designed to educate journalists on the many dimensions of an 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 eligible to apply. Fellowships will cover travel, lodging and attendance fees. The application deadline has been moved to 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, March 7.

Click here for more information and to apply now.


The 2016 Academy focused on the future of work and retirement.

To see past Age Boom topics, please click here