Paul Irving

Five Things I've Learned About

The Upside of Aging

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Join author and senior fellow at the Milken Institute Paul Irving and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how each of us can make the most of the unprecedented potential and possibility that awaits our coming years.

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  • 90 minutes


  • Single-Class Ticket - $40.00

View the archive of my 90-minute class and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned about the ways that each of us can make the most of the unprecedented potential and possibility that awaits our coming years.

My name is Paul Irving. I am a senior fellow at the Milken Institute. Previously I was the Institute’s president and founding chair of its Center for the Future of Aging. I’m also a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology.

Please join me for my upcoming live class, Five Things I’ve Learned about the Upside of Aging, where talking with Kris Rebillot I’ll share all I’ve learned about the great potential and possibility that awaits our aging population.

As author/editor of The Upside of Aging, I had the privilege and joy of learning myself from prominent thought leaders who understand the significant upsides arriving for health, work and entrepreneurship, volunteerism, innovation and education – opportunities that stem from a mature population ready to pursue different dreams than those of their parents and grandparents.  

In our time together, I’ll share with you what I believe to be the most important personal and social opportunities on the horizon. As I will explain, the future of aging will be different for individuals, families, businesses, communities, and societies. Now is the time to plan and to act. We need to move beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline that have defined older age. We need to look at aging in a new way.

In our 90-minute class, we’ll talk for starters about how:

  • More years means new possibilities for work, learning, exploration, and rewarding relationships. Traditional retirement needs to be completely reinvented.
  • An exciting longevity economy is emerging across the world. It capitalizes on the experience and wisdom of older workers, and is driven by growing demand for new products, services, and innovations.
  • Despite the risks they face, older adults are more resilient (and happier) than their younger counterparts.
  • Older age has a new look: a growing number of older adults are contributing, creating, serving, and realizing the benefits of intergenerational collaboration and co-generation.
  • Ageism is a global challenge that affects all of us. By tackling it, we can live longer and healthier lives.

We’ll also talk about all you can do personally to make the most of the great changes already underway, changes that will significantly impact our additional years. As I’ll explain, there’s an upside of aging – and its available to us all.

I look forward to our time together,

Paul Irving

Paul Irving

Paul Irving is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, previously serving as the Institute’s president and founding chair of its Center for the Future of Aging. Irving is also a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He earlier served as an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chair and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a national law and consulting firm.

Paul is chair emeritus and a member of the board of and serves on the National Academy of Medicine Commission for Healthy Longevity, the Global Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, the Board of Councilors of the USC Davis School, and the Advisory Board of WorkingNation. He is a director and chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of East West Bancorp, Inc., and a member of the International Strategic Committee of the Quadrivio Group Silver Economy Fund. Irving previously served on the Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Health and Housing Task Force and was a participant in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

Paul is the author and editor of The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose. Paul was recognized with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging, the Life Journey Inspiration Award by Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, and the Board of Governors Award by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

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