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Michael Hodin
Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging, Managing Partner at High Lantern Group, and a Fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. He is also a featured blogger The Fiscal Times, under the Age and Reason Blog.

From 1976-80, Mike was Legislative Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. During this period he was also a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution, on U.S. Foreign Economic Policy. He was a senior executive at Pfizer, Inc. for 30 years, where he created and then led its International Public Affairs and Public Policy operations.

Mike is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 2010-2013, was Adjunct Senior Fellow. He sits on the Boards of the Foreign Policy Association, the Business Council for International Understanding, The NYC Blood Center, the American Skin Association, the American Society on Aging, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Emigrant Savings Bank The Partners for a Livable Community – Aging in Place Advisory Council, and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing.

Mike holds a BA, cum laude, Cornell University, International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Mike is married, has two daughters and lives in New York City.

Entries by Michael Hodin

News Outside of Iowa

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:29 AM

Last week, a string of events - seemingly unconnected, but deeply intertwined - reveal just how profoundly population aging is shaping 21st century life. Brought by longer lives and lower birth rates, the aging of the population has clawed its way to the top of leadership agendas. Three examples -...

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Disrupting Alzheimer's And Us

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 11:41 PM

The 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, and tens of thousands have gathered to gawk at the latest gadgets and speculate about the wild possibilities of futuristic technologies. But while throngs of youngsters compare notes on smell-based alarm clocks and video conferencing for their...

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Long Live And Live Long In 2016

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 5:33 AM

While 2016 will be full of unknowns, one thing is certain: each of us will grow older. Luckily, that's not such a bad thing. The year 2016 will be a great year to age, as the mega-trend of population aging continues to drive innovation globally. Here are five reasons why...

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Why We Need To Rethink What It Means To Age In The 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 10:30 AM

AARP recently released its "Livability Index" -- a statistical take on which U.S. cities promote the good-life for the silver-haired. The Index does a good job of providing metrics on a slew of important factors -- walkability, public transportation, affordable housing, healthcare, and more. But these social services...

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Ageless in NYC

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 10:08 AM

If you were in New York City last Wednesday morning, you might have been on your way to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, shopping at Macy's or just enjoying a coffee at one of the thousands of Starbuck's.  Or, like me, you might have had the true delight of...

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Why Educating Older Workers Is Crucial To Maintaining Economic Vitality

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 6:01 AM

A new study from the American Psychological Association (APA) is the latest mark in how 21st century longevity must become a driver for profound social and economic change. APA underscores that education for older adults isn't simply a question of economic participation, but of health. The new study finds that...

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Botox and Us

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 12:47 PM

We should not be surprised that in the Pfizer-Allergan deal, creating $150 billion of value across the global medicine chest that covers everything from diabetes, cardiovascular health and oncology, there is the particular fascination with and column inches dedicated to Botox, the Allergan product to deal with...

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Keeping Older Chinese Working

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 5:53 PM

China has officially lifted its one-child policy as part of their 13th Five Year Plan. The issue is whether the colossal demographic consequences on economic growth can find solutions. As they replace it with a "two-baby" policy, the piercing question is whether they will ever learn and what can be...

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Fixing the Pneumonia Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 7:09 PM

On November 12, it's World Pneumonia Day. This awareness day strives to the same goals as the WHO's Decade of Vaccines: to highlight the substantial public health challenge that is occurring at both ends of our age spectrum. Indeed, both children and older adults run the greatest risk...

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Paul Ryan's Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 11:29 AM

When Paul Ryan declared that along with his leadership, "I cannot and I will not give up my family time," he was also paving the way for the flexible work we are all demanding in our era of longevity. Our 21st century has brought life spans into our...

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Saving Medicare

(3) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 7:10 AM

In the days before literally everything inside the Beltway is subsumed by the politics of the Presidential campaign, there might be one piece of legislation on which both sides of the aisle surely could agree: Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, that forms the path to revamp Medicare's...

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Bravo, World Health Organization!

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 1:00 PM

In Geneva this week the World Health Organization (WHO) sent a wake-up call to its 194 member governments and its fellow global institutions to open their eyes to what's staring them in the face -- a world that will soon have more old than young; a world where,...

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For A Millennial, This Guy Is Pretty Cool

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Picture this: on its cover, a global business magazine features a close-up head-shot of a 30-year-old male. He's of Indian descent, with an American upbringing and education, and he's just concocted a multi-million dollar business out of "thin air." He's lauded for his vision, his savvy, and his striking intelligence...

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Robert De Niro Is Not Old

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:57 PM

When Hollywood and the fashion industry converge on a theme, we should probably pay attention. Last year, the venerable Women's Wear Daily pronounced the "$21 billion Boomer Market" -- which both understates but also indicates the trend. With a billion of us over 60, why wouldn't Michael Kors,...

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Should Medicare Age?

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 2:24 AM

Happy 50th birthday, Medicare! In just 15 years, you'll qualify for federally funded health insurance. Well, maybe. The fiscal situation of said program is growing increasingly precarious, so don't hold your breath.

On this occasion, one is reminded of a quip so often found in birthday cards:...

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How Free Trade Can Lead to Healthy and Active Aging

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 10:51 AM

President Obama and the Republicans have finally agreed on something: the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP, as it's come to be known, is a mammoth proposition, one that would build new trade bridges among the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Vietnam, and more than a half-dozen other nations....

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Longevity Changes Everything...or Should

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 7:34 PM

As the 2016 American presidential campaign gets rolling, it will be interesting to see how the candidates outline their strategies for population aging. The candidate who gets it right will not talk about "how to deal with more old people," but how to drive economic growth as aging...

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White House Conference on Aging or a Summit on Seniors?

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:32 PM

The White House has announced it will hold its White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) on July 13th. This event is held once every decade, as initially mandated by Congress in 1965.

Fifty years in, what's new? If you have a look at the WHCOA website, it...

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My Dear Graduates

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 7:53 PM

Class of 2015, it is an honor to address you today on this monumental occasion. I'm a bit surprised by the invitation, to be honest. I'm not in movies, I have no guitar and I do not and never will hold public office.

Instead, I spend my life working...

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Aging Disrupts Markets: Look Who's Noticing

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 8:33 AM

After more than 100 years in print, Women's Wear Daily (WWD) on Apr. 27 officially went all-digital. In its final print edition three days earlier, Turning The Page, the editors announce: "Today we say goodbye to an old friend, a morning habit for generations. This is the final newsprint edition...

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