As We Live Longer, How Should Life Change? There is a Blueprint.


This article provides an overview of “The New Map of Life,” developed by the Stanford Center on Longevity that “reimagines education, careers, cities and life transitions for lives that span a century (or more).”  Journalist Corinne Purtill reviews the demographic context for The New Map of Life, specifically the lengthening of the human life span and the reduction of infant mortality, and summarizes the key factors influencing new life planning.

Learning throughout life is one of the core principles called out in The New Map of Life, which, “recommends that education be a lifelong project rather than a sprint crammed into childhood and early adulthood.”  The article posits the need for continuous learning across the life span, before work, during work, and during our older years, however long they may be.  This principle affirms the value of educational opportunities for older adults and has special relevance to those working on creative aging and arts education across the lifespan.

Purtill’s article is part of The New York Times’ series, DealBook: A Special Report, which focuses on the trends shaping the coming decades.  They are all valuable resources for anyone involved in older adult education and creative aging, helping to provide the backdrop for work that is important in the face of demographic and social change.


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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Adult Education

Aging & Longevity > Lifelong Learning


Corinne Purtill

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