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UCLA Extension Addresses Key Issues Relating to Aging Population in New xOpen Seminar

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Renowned Scholars and Industry Leaders Discuss Challenges and Solutions of an Aging U.S. Population During Dec. 9 No-Cost Online Enrichment Course

LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The number of Americans ages 65 and older will more than double over the next 40 years, reaching 80 million in 2040. Approximately one in five Americans will be age 65 or older by 2040 as well, up from about one in eight in 2000. As we are living longer, an examination of important public policy issues – from labor to healthcare and housing – require fresh perspectives and reframing.

In a first-ever gathering, "The Aging Landscape: Emerging Trends and Changing Perspectives" on Thursday, December 9, brings together UCLA scholars in a conversation about emerging trends in aging research and recent findings. The panel further explores how culture and society shape our views on aging, demographic shifts and their effect on policy, intergenerational engagement, and the benefits of lifelong learning.

In a first-ever gathering, the UCLAxOpen seminar features the following panelists:

  • Ayesha Dixon, MPA, MA in Gerontology; Director, UCLA Emeriti/Retiree Relations Center;

  • Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD; Professor, Social Welfare and Public Policy; Director, UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging; co-author, The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Diversity, and Immigration;

  • Paul Hsu, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Faculty Coordinator, UCLA Cluster Program – Aging;

  • Monica Moore, MSG, Community Health Manager; Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA;

  • D’Ann M Morris, MPA, Associate Director of Generation Xchange Program, Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and

  • Anousheh Shayestehpour, EdD, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCLA (OLLI) (Moderator).

"UCLAxOpen seminars focus on current themes of interest, local to global," said Eric A. Bullard, Dean of Continuing Education and UCLA Extension. "Convening our distinguished faculty and scholars gives access to the important scholarship taking place at UCLA. UCLA Extension’s mission is to provide access and education to all. UCLAxOpen seminars are an example of our most recent initiative in support of this effort. We are proud of this initiative’s success in engaging our greater community of learners."

"The Aging Landscape: Emerging Trends and Changing Perspectives" begins at 1 p.m. (PT) on December 9, via Zoom. Register here to reserve your space. All UCLAxOpen seminars are offered at no cost and are open to the public.


In an ongoing effort to eliminate barriers to education and strengthen our global community’s connection to UCLA, the UCLAxOpen, open access initiative offers no-cost personal enrichment and professional development courses. These online courses and seminars are designed to provide timely and relevant lifelong learning opportunities in a short and flexible format and are offered every quarter, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

About UCLA Extension

Founded in 1917 as the continuing education division of the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA Extension has delivered the most advanced courses and certificates that annually enhance the careers of thousands of individuals across the United States and around the world. The open enrollment division offers online and in-person courses for professionals in the arts, business, management, education, engineering and digital technology, entertainment studies, public policy, health care, humanities and sciences, and many other fields. UCLA Extension courses and programs begin quarterly, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Winter quarter classes begins on January 3, 2022. Find out more at

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