Money Matters: April 08, 2017

Guest Caller

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD, is the associate director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, which investigates and maximizes productivity and quality of life by making all aspects of society work well for people of all ages. Dr. Finkelstein has over thirty years experience in improving health for vulnerable populations. She directed the Age-friendly New York City Initiative, which won the 2013 award as the “Best Existing Age Friendly Initiative in the World” and was named one of the nation’s “Game Changers” by Metropolis Magazine. Recently she was named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging. Dr. Finkelstein also directs the Age Smart Employer Awards, an initiative of the Columbia Aging Center, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Now in its third year, the award honors employers for their policies and practices, which encourage different generations to work productively and effectively side by side. Other current projects include a digital narrative of 20 people over 81 years old in NYC, Exceeding Expectations (recently honored with the New York Press Association Award), and the Age Boom Academy, a training for journalists covering issues concerning aging begun by Dr. Robert N. Butler. Dr. Finkelstein has also led efforts to replace criminalization of drug use with a public health approach, to reform NYS insurance laws, and to improve HIV/AIDS treatment.

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