Silver Tsunami Aging Panel

Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA


In graduate school, I realized that most of my classmates had no awareness of the impact, needs, and employment opportunities that a rapidly growing and aging population would have on public affairs careers (more specifically, urban planning, public policy, and social welfare). Wanting to offer an event that attempted to share the impact as well as the need for incorporating an aging perspective within all public affairs careers, my colleague Zoe Koehler and I hosted a half-day panel. As a member of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Gerontology Group, our goal was to bring in professionals and researchers that would highlight the impact of an aging population.

Moderated by the esteemed Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, our speakers included:

  • Rachel Caraviello, Masters in Gerontology – VP of Programs and Services with Affordable Living for the Aging, Los Angeles
  • Stephen Gratwick – Director of Senior Center Services with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
  • Dr. Martin Wachs – professor emeritus of urban and regional planning at both UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley, as well former Director of the Transportation, Space, and Technology Program at the RAND Corporation

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