The Art of Aging: Challenges and Opportunities Across Generations


From the moment of birth, everyone is aging. Across the lifespan, as we age, we rely on each other for knowledge, resources, and support, and there are some times when we give more, and other times when we need more. In this conversation, Washington University Professor Brian Carpenter ’86 will discuss the later years of our lives, typical patterns of change, and common sources of stress and uplift as families work together to maximize well being for everyone involved.

Brian D. Carpenter, PhD, is a Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a B.A. in psychology and English from Williams College and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University, followed by postdoctoral training in geropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in palliative care at the Portland Oregon VA Healthcare System. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on aging and the end of life. He also directs a research laboratory that studies ways to improve communication between older adults, their family members, and their healthcare providers.