We are living longer and the pace of population aging is growing faster than ever. Globally, the proportion of people over 60 years old will almost double by 2050. Aging comes with many challenges – from health and wellbeing to housing, mobility and maintaining social networks. The AARP
(American Association of Retired Persons) caters for the social welfare needs of nearly 38 million Americans. Lisa Marsh Ryerson
is president of AARP Foundation
, the organization’s charitable affiliate. The foundation focuses on support programs and initiatives to help older people, especially those living in poverty. It is currently collaborating with a pilot program to connect senior citizens with transportation. In this in-depth interview, recorded at the University of Southern California’s annual Body Computing Conference, Lisa explains how she has been inspired by her work to help others achieve purpose and happiness; why ‘elderly’ may not be the best word to define older adults; what it means to be an “intentional neighbor” and why she believes a mindful attitude helps in planning for the 100-year life.