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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

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?

(4) 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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Amplify in Australia -- A Trip for the Ages

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:59 PM

If you're over 50, or ever will plan to on it, Australia is the place to be the first week in June. Quite remarkably, one of Australia's most important and successful companies -- AMP, an Annuities Financial Services Company -- is transforming its Sydney (national capitol) and Melbourne corporate offices...

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When Meryl Streep and McKinsey agree

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 7:15 PM

When Meryl Streep and McKinsey agree, you know you're onto something huge. Last week, PBS aired a new special, Caring for Mom and Dad, narrated by Meryl Streep. Then, McKinsey Global Institute is releasing a new book, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All...

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Scranton, Pennsylvania

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:24 PM

The Audubon Elementary School in Scranton, Pennsylvania is being torn down. Ostensibly, the reason is mold. The school has sat empty for four years, ever since it was discovered in the old building's basement.

But mold is not the sole reason -- nor is the leaky roof,...

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Aging Strategy in Healthcare Stocks

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Acquisitions in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors are all the rage these days. Among the crop of deals, one of the most interesting and revealing is Abbvie's recent $21 billion purchase of Pharmacyclics. This deal, paired with the recent billion dollar partnership with Google-backed Calico, illustrates...

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'Still Alice' and Us

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:48 PM

So, I finally steeled myself and went with my wife to see Still Alice. I had been avoiding it, because I'm of the quaint view that movies should be fun and escapist. I enjoy fantasies like James Bond, Indiana Jones and even RED.


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The Disappointment -- And Potential -- of the Apple Watch

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 7:25 PM

Apple's new watch is a major disappointment. Even if it does succeed commercially, it missed its real opportunity: to promote healthy aging. Google Glass whiffed on this score, too, and we all know how that turned out. Will the Apple watch follow in Glass's unhappy footsteps?

The disappointment is...

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Jobs, the Economy and Older Americans

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Last week, the president transmitted his 2015 Economic Report to Congress together with the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers. One of the key focus areas of the report was on declining labor force participation. This should be noted as a not so subtle reminder that,...

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