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Keynote Speaker

2022 Osher Institutes National Conference

Keynote Speaker

Louise AronsonWe’re happy to announce that the Keynote Speaker for the 2022 Osher Institutes National Conference is Dr. Louise Aronson Integrative Geriatrician: UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Medicine: Division of Geriatrics, UCSF Department of Medicine, and Author.

Dr. Aronson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her writing appears in publications including The New York TimesWashington PostDiscover Magazine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her work has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, Politico, LitHub, Kaiser Health News, and Tech Nation.

For decades, “old” has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet, old age has been made into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied. This presentation challenges not only the way we look at aging but also the way we think and feel about medicine and what it means to be a human being across the lifespan. New York Times bestseller Louise Aronson, using stories from her quarter century of caring for patients and drawing from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life, will weave a vision of old age that’s full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and life itself.