2018-01-23 • MIT AgeLab Founder and Director Joseph Coughlin appears on the Informed Choice Radio podcast to discuss his new book, The Longevity Economy. Among other topics, he talks about how businesses have... Read more


2018-01-22 • Carly Dickson, AgeLab Fellow and architectural designer, presented her work on intergenerational environments at the Museum of Modern Art’s R&D Salon titled “New Aging.” The Salon featured five... Read more


2018-01-20 • Imagine Cambridge as a model city for all ages, but particularly the future retiree — vending machines that dispense household goods, fall-proof flooring, wider sidewalks, and crosswalks that trigger... Read more


2018-01-11 • AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer will receive an Autos2050 Driving Innovation Award, the Auto Alliance and the Alliance for Transportation Innovation announced yesterday. Autos2050 offers... Read more


2018-01-05 • 2017 was a year of significant change and major accomplishments for the AgeLab: the release of a new book, a remodeling of lab headquarters, the stewardship of many graduate students, a bevy of... Read more


2018-01-05 • An article in the Boston Globe on coming local trends in business features thoughts from Joseph Coughlin on senior move managers: With more empty-nesters contemplating moves to smaller quarters, and... Read more


2017-12-12 • An excerpt from AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin's new book, The Longevity Economy, appears in The Washington Post: "Growing old was once something experienced on an individual basis: not at a set age... Read more


2017-12-11 • Thoughts from AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer appear in a Washington Post article on the barriers to public acceptance of autonomous vehicles: "As fully autonomous cars become a reality, there... Read more


2017-12-10 • An article by AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin on new retirement lifestyles appears in Forbes: "We all probably know what a 'Florida retirement' is. In fairness to the great sunshine state, it isn’t... Read more


2017-12-08 • Boston ABC news outlet WCVB presents an interview with AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin along with an examination of the major themes of his new book, The Longevity Economy. View the video segment here... Read more


2017-12-06 • A short profile of AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin and his new book The Longevity Economy appear in AARP: “Old age is a myth,” Joe says. “While there are certainly physical and existential realities to... Read more


2017-12-06 • An article on AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin's new book, The Longevity Economy, appears in NBC News: If you’re a woman with a bit of life experience, you already know you’re the boss. You’re more... Read more


2017-12-01 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin is interviewed in Marketwatch about his new book, The Longevity Economy. He talks about the importance of the overlooked older female consumer in an America in which 47... Read more


2017-12-01 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin spoke with the Boston Globe about the new old age, transcendent design, and why retiring to Florida might actually be a terrible idea: Far from portending societal... Read more


2017-11-30 • An article in Forbes by AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin examines the limitations of autonomous vehicles in solving the mobility needs of older adults: "The current vision of driverless cars begins and... Read more


2017-11-27 • A short piece by AgeLab Founder and Director Joe Coughlin on designing social robots appears in BigThink: "Most people see robots as complex devices to fulfill a specific task. But beyond obvious... Read more


2017-11-20 • Almost half of Americans will hop in their cars for a Thanksgiving trip this year. But if you were being very precise—if you were a team of Massachusetts of Technology researchers who study human-... Read more


2017-11-17 • An adapted excerpt of AgeLab Founder and Director Joseph F. Coughlin's new book, The Longevity Economy, appears in The Atlantic: "A counterfactual narrative of old age has developed over the course... Read more


2017-11-17 • AgeLab Founder and Director Joseph F. Coughlin is interviewed in USA Today on topics related to his new book, The Longevity Economy. Coughlin answers the question of why companies are unprepared for... Read more


2017-11-14 • On November 14, the AgeLab’s Lifestyle Leaders Panel convened to discuss topics related to clothing, fashion, and shopping. The Lifestyle Leaders Panel brings people ages 85 and older from the... Read more


2017-11-14 • An article in the Wall Street Journal on choosing where to live in old age features thoughts from AgeLab Founder and Director Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin. He frames retirement planning around three... Read more


2017-11-13 • On November 13, the MIT AgeLab held a daylong symposium to celebrate the publication of AgeLab Founder and Director Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin’s new book, The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World's... Read more


2017-11-09 • AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin has penned an op-ed in Time on the need to rethink our ideas of old age, corresponding with the release of his new book, The Longevity Economy. He writes: "Today, ask... Read more


2017-11-08 • The populations of many developed countries are aging markedly, due to a suite of medical, social, and economic changes. Will this notable demographic trend force us to change our image of the older... Read more


2017-11-07 • AgeLab Founder and Director Joseph F. Coughlin's new book, The Longevity Economy, is available for purchase today, November 7th, 2017. The population around the world is getting older -- fast.... Read more


2017-10-31 • In a story published on, AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin speaks about the promise of new technologies to allow us to live longer and better in old age, mentioning robotics, smart home systems,... Read more


2017-10-24 • AgeLab Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Martina Raue gave a presentation on the effects of social comparisons on savings behaviors at the RAND Behavioral Finance Forum, sponsored by AARP and PNC and held... Read more


2017-10-21 • The third annual OMEGA Summit, held on October 21 at the MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, drew a record number of students from across the region. Nearly 50 high school students from Massachusetts, Maine,... Read more


2017-10-20 • An article by Leslie Albrecht in Marketwatch looks at how nudges--forms of positive reinforcement that encourage people to adopt certain behaviors--can become manipulative and harmful when misused,... Read more


2017-10-19 • AgeLab Research Scientists Bobbie Seppelt and Ben D. Sawyer have both received awards for recent publications on human factors research. For their paper "Hacking the Human: Prevalence Paradox in... Read more






MIT AgeLab
1 Amherst Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
ph: 617.253.0753

Go to top