Signature Lecture Series Event on Aging Announced in Celebration of Older Americans Month

The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society” – speaker Dr. John Rowe – to take place May 19th at the Greenwich Library

Mark your calendars! Friends of Nathaniel Witherell is joining with the Greenwich Commission on Aging, Greenwich Library, and Sterling Care to  co-sponsor a Signature Lecture Series Event on Aging in celebration of Older Americans Month. The talk, focusing on “The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society,” will be held at the Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium on Thursday, May 19th at 7 pm.

The featured speaker for this event –  Dr. John Rowe – is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and former Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc. Previously, Dr. Rowe served as President and CEO of Mount Sinai NYU Health and was professor of Medicine and founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rowe will address how dramatic increases in life expectancy and aging raise the question of how best to re-engineer America’s core societal institutions, such as education, work, retirement, leisure, and health care to assure that our society can support the future elderly population.

“We are honored to have a speaker of Dr. Rowe’s caliber address our community regarding these issues,” said Lori Contadino, Director, Greenwich Commission on Aging. “Dr. Rowe’s insights will not only educate our community, but will also help the Commission on Aging lay the groundwork for its vision – to build an educated and cohesive community that understands, accepts, and supports the successful aging of its residents and embraces the inter-generational opportunities that come with increased longevity.”

Following the lecture there will be a Q & A with Dr. Rowe. Light refreshments will be provided. The lecture is free of charge, however seating is limited and registration is recommended.  Please resister at or call (203) 532-0500.

About Dr. John Rowe

John W. Rowe, M.D. is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously Dr. Rowe served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care and related benefits organizations. Before his tenure at Aetna, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic health care organizations. Prior to Mount Sinai’s merger with NYU, Dr. Rowe was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. He was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and is co-author, with Robert Kahn, Ph.D., of Successful Aging. Currently, Dr. Rowe leads the MacArthur Foundation’s Network on An Aging Society.

About The Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging ( is the Town agency responsible for the needs of Greenwich’s older residents. The Commission plans and coordinates programs and services to meet the needs of older adults and also advocates for elder issues.

About Greenwich Library

Greenwich Library’s ( mission is to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences.

About Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, Inc.

The Nathaniel Witherell offers person-centered, short-term rehabilitation services and long-term skilled nursing care to the residents of Greenwich and surrounding communities. Friends of Nathaniel Witherell supports innovative programs and services that enrich and enhance the quality of life for all Witherell residents. To learn more about The Nathaniel Witherell visit us online at

About Sterling Care

Sterling Care ( offers a true full-service continuum of care at home. Based in Greenwich, we provide patient centric holistic home care with RN supervised companions and homemakers as well as visiting nurses, skilled therapists, home health aides and geriatric care management.

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