03/16/2012 03:43 pm ET

Arianna Huffington To Speak At The Aging In America Conference

How will the coming boomer "gerontocracy" change America? On April 1, a panel of five experts, including Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, will discuss the topic at the American Society on Aging's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The session titled "How the Boomers Will Transform Aging and How Aging Will Transform the Boomers" is free and open to the first 200 people to RSVP. The session will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To reserve your seat, send an email to

The panel will address a number of topics, including: How will maturity change as tens of millions of us live to 80, 90 or 100+? How will the boomers’ celebration of “middlescence” shift the cultural epicenter while redefining all of life’s stages? Who will pay for the multiplying needs of a multiplying cohort of older adults? Are we prepared to reengineer many of our products and services to meet the needs of maturing boomer consumers? Will boomers become more self-indulgent or more socially generous as they age? How will boomers deal with “right-to-death” issues? Can our political system handle the demands that tens of millions of elder boomers will place on our social and economic infrastructure?

The other panelists include Ken Dychtwald, President and CEO, Age Wave; Gail Sheehy, Author and Columnist; Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD, Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy and Director, UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, UCLA School of Public Affairs; and Rhonda L. Randall, D.O., Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.