Thanksgiving with six generations? Oh, my!

“What if we live to 150?”

One a personal level, living to age 150 sounds great. But what impact will such longevity have on the family and society? Besides the challenge of managing the holiday season with four, five or six generations of a family crowded around a table, there will be significant issues to address.

At what age would people retire? Will there be enough food and livable space for everyone? How will programs for the elderly adjust to the strain of the growing older population?

These questions and more will be discussed on October 22, when Purdue welcomes Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to campus as a part of the Ideas Festival for Purdue’s Giant Leaps celebration.

Verma and President Daniels will hold an hour-long conversation at 6:30p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. The “What if we live to 150?” discussion is free and open to the public.

Verma has guided healthcare policy for over 20 years. She currently works to reduce regulations so doctors and providers can focus on providing high quality health care to patients. Verma’s goal is to create value for patients by empowering them to become better informed health care consumers with better access to pricing and outcome transparencies. This allows them to shop for providers: with the best care at the lowest price; who deliver innovative, transformative care; and leverage technological efficiencies.

This discussion is one of many events in Purdue’s Ideas Festival, a part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration: 150 Years of Giant Leaps. The Ideas Festival brings in individuals at the top of their fields to discuss giant leaps in four themes: space exploration, artificial intelligence, health & longevity and sustainable economy & planet.

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