By Maja Gawronska
We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you: Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging and Stein Institute for Research on Aging gave a talk at TEDMED 2015. His talk will be available online on June 14th, 2016.
As the health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.
TED, a nonprofit organization known for spreading ideas through short, powerful talks of eighteen minutes or less, began in 1984 as an event where technology, entertainment, and design converged. Today, TED talks cover almost all topics and have been viewed online more than two billion times, in more than one hundred languages. Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Bono, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Bin, Jane Goodall, and many Nobel Prize laureates.
The 2015 TEDMED event was held on November 18–20 in Palm Springs, California. The talks focused on Breaking Through: breaking through the silos that prevent different disciplines from sharing problems and insights; breaking through glass ceilings and closed doors that hold back some women and minorities from entering medical research; and breaking through old assumptions to explore new science and new visions of what’s possible–in ourselves, in our work, and in the world at large.
According to TEDMED organizers, “we all have breakthrough potential and the least likely way to unlock that potential is to toil away in social or intellectual solitude. Instead, we break through in new combinations and we collect the building blocks of our future breakthroughs every day, in every new interaction, in every new insight, one improvement at a time.”
“I am breaking through stigma against aging by discovering how late life can be a period of wisdom and growth - a time to thrive, not just survive,” said Dr. Jeste. In his talk, Dr. Jeste was discussing the neurobiology of wisdom and how our brains compensate for physical aging and an unexpected evolutionary advantage to growing old. His talk was part of the Mind Matters session.
According to TEDMED, Dr. Jeste’s goal is timely, especially considering increasing life expectancy rates worldwide. "He urges us not to view the aging demographic as a financial burden on the healthcare system, but as a valuable resource. Rather than the pejorative term “Silver Tsunami,” he tells us that it is instead “a Golden Wave" of wise, emotionally stable, experienced decision-makers with a generative world view and a great deal to offer the younger generations.”
Four hundred fifty attendees listened to presentations covering new approaches to medicine and health. The talks will be available to watch online in November 2016 at http://www.tedmed.com.
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