Mark your calendars for our Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards on April 5, 2024. Our 23rd lecture — Climate Change in an Aging World— will be given by Karl Pillemer, PhD, of Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine.
Environmental challenges are increasing as the world faces the negative consequences of global climate change. However, little attention has been paid to the enormous threat climate change poses to the health and well-being of the rapidly expanding older population. This lecture explores three key issues in the intersection of aging and climate change. First, older adults are especially vulnerable to extreme heat and climate-related disasters, yet planning for their unique needs has been minimal Second, the growth in the aging population is coming to play a larger role in contributing to climate change. Third, older persons constitute a critically important source of solutions to environmental problems. Successful strategies for engaging older adults as key participants in climate change prevention, mitigation, and resilience are presented.
In addition to the keynote presentation, this event will also include a presentation of awards, panel discussion, and audience Q&A. More details regarding this event will be released as it draws near. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.
This event is made possible by the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Karl Pillemer, PhD
Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development, Cornell University; Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine; and Director, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging
Over the course of his career, Karl Pillemer has studied the social integration of older people, exploring how they can maintain positive family and social relationships across the second half of life. His current research examines the causes and consequences of environmental civic engagement and volunteerism among older people, with a focus on developing and evaluating new methods of training and recruiting retirees for environmental leadership and action. He created Retirees in Service to the Environment, an evidence-based intervention to engage older people in climate change activism. Over the past fifteen years, he has conducted a program of research on the practical advice of older people, exploring how elder wisdom can help younger people live more fulfilling lives. Using similar methods, he is currently conducting a study of older climate activists, seeking their advice on how younger people can cope and engage with the climate crisis.
This event will take place at the Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall, located in the Olin School of Business on the north side of the Washington University Danforth Campus.
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Awards & Nominations
The nomination period for the 2024 awards will open soon. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.
The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to older adults. Individuals might have made this contribution through practice, education, advocacy, or research. Eligible nominees must be professionals currently involved in work that is related to older adults within the St. Louis Metro Region.
This award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund. It is presented annually at the Friedman Lecture & Awards event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.
The purpose of this award is to recognize stellar contributions to the care of older adults by a resident, post-residency fellow or junior faculty member in neurology, psychiatry, medicine or related disciplines. Eligible individuals may also have had experience in the geriatric service areas at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center or at associated outpatient facilities, including Barnes-Jewish Extended Care. The award is not restricted to individuals with a medical degree (MD or DO). Nominees should demonstrate achievement in at least one of the following areas of geriatrics: direct patient care; didactic learning exercises, rounds, conferences, or national/international meetings; and, patient-oriented or basic research that addresses aging issues.
Recipients receive a formal announcement of the award, a plaque and $3,000 toward aging-related educational endeavors including conference fees, travel expenses, books, journal subscriptions and field- or research-related software, hardware, etc.
This award is supported by the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Fund for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology. It is presented annually at the Friedman Lecture and Awards event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.
The purpose of this award is to recognize doctoral candidates who show outstanding promise as researchers on topics relevant to older adults and aging society. To be considered for the award, students must apply to participate in a 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition, to be organized and announced by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Following the competition, winners will make their 3MT presentation at the next Annual Friedman Lecture and receive a plaque at the award ceremony.
This award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.