The MIT AgeLab hosts public webinars and events that are open to the MIT community and those interested in the field of aging. AgeLab researchers also participate in public events hosted by other organizations. See below to learn more and sign up for upcoming AgeLab events.
AgeLab 2021 Spring Speaker Series: Aging and Equity
As new generations of U.S. older adults become increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, there is a need to recognize and learn from the contributions of researchers examining the intersections of age and racial and ethnic identity. With universal similarities and unique differences among older adults, planning for successful longevity rests on understanding the situations, decisions and contributions of individuals across a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
The MIT AgeLab seeks to amplify researchers, advocates, and practitioners from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who are working to understand the realities of historically excluded and underserved communities, specifically regarding issues that disproportionately impact older adults. The goal of this speaker series is to not only bring critical perspectives to the issues facing today’s older adults, but to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and discussion.
In this series, we will explore topics related to older adults’ wellbeing; technology and healthcare; retirement and longevity planning; and transportation and livable communities in an effort to re-imagine a better life tomorrow for all of us.
Learn more about and register for the Spring Speaker Series talks at the following links:
April 21, 2021 at 1:00pm:
Rodney Harrell is Vice President of Family, Home and Community at AARP. He is the enterprise lead on Housing issues and directs AARP Public Policy Institute’s team of issue experts on Long-Term Services and Supports, Family Caregiving and Livable Communities. The team provides thought leadership through research, policy analysis, and innovative solutions to ensure people have access to options that enhance livability across the lifespan. Dr. Harrell’s research on housing preferences, neighborhood choice, and community livability are integral to the Livability Index, which measures the livability of every neighborhood and community in the United States.
May 19, 2021 at 1:00pm:
Charles Senteio is a health informatics researcher focused on improving chronic disease outcomes for underserved populations. He is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information in the Department of Library and Information Science. He is an MIT MLK Visiting Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year. His community-based research endeavors to address persistent healthcare disparities. His investigations of several chronic conditions include HIV/STIs, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and cancer. He is interested in using both existing technology (i.e., smartphones, tablets) and emerging technology (i.e., machine learning) to support underserved patients, which include those formerly incarcerated, underrepresented in research, and low-SES urban populations.
June 23, 2021 at 12:00pm:
Miranda Reiter, Ph.D., CFP® is an assistant professor in the Department of Financial Planning at Texas Tech University. Her research examines the impacts of race and gender on consumer financial behavior and diversity in the financial planning profession. Dr. Reiter is the recipient of the 2020 Omicron Nu Research Fellowship (Kappa Omicron Nu), 2020 Center for Financial Security Junior Scholar (University of Wisconsin-Madison), 2019 Financial Planning Association Best Research Award, and 2019 40 Under 40 Award (InvestmentNews). Before joining academia, she worked as a financial planner and banker at several Fortune 500 firms and created a financial planning practice, She & Money Financial Planning.
Catherine García (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of sociology and core faculty member of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Dr. García's research focuses broadly on Latina/o/x aging in the United States and Puerto Rico and examines how residential environments, sociocultural factors, and other social factors shape the disease and disablement process across the life course. She recently received a National Institute on Aging Diversity Supplement that will advance research on how the socioenvironmental context (defined as housing, neighborhood conditions, health care accessibility, and physical hazards) influences the health and aging of Puerto Ricans.