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60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl to discuss longevity, aging

The Stanford Health Policy Forum on April 26 will feature a conversation on longevity and aging with journalist Lesley Stahl and psychologist Laura Carstensen.

- By Becky Bach

Lesley Stahl

Broadcast journalist Lesley Stahl and Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen, PhD, will discuss aging and longevity at a Stanford Health Policy Forum from 1-2 p.m. April 26 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

The program, titled “Longevity: The benefits and burdens of an aging society,” will be moderated by Paul Costello, the School of Medicine’s chief communications officer, and is free and open to the public.

Stahl, who has been a correspondent for the CBS News program 60 Minutes for 25 years, recently published a book, Becoming Grandma, which investigates the science and joys of grandparenting. Carstensen is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and a professor of psychology at Stanford.

The discussion will focus on the widespread societal effects of a surge in the number of elderly individuals.

The Stanford Health Policy Forum is a discussion series sponsored by the medical school’s Office of the Dean.

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