What's the Big Idea? lecture series - Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society

The number of people 65 and over is expected to explode in the coming decades. Our rapidly aging population creates challenges, opportunities and new expectations for old age. Engage in discussion with leading experts on aging as they share research from a demographic, business, health, and a workforce development/entrepreneurial perspective.

When Apr 20, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where UNC Friday Center
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-962-2643
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The Friday Center’s “What’s the Big Idea?” series returns this spring! The number of people 65 and over is expected to explode in the coming decades. Our rapidly aging population creates challenges, opportunities and new expectations for old age. Engage in discussion with leading experts on aging as they share research and perspectives from a demographic, business, health, and a workforce development/entrepreneurial perspective.

Session 2: Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 pm at the Friday Center

This is not your father’s retirement and certainly not your grandfather’s. We are all advantaged by birth cohorts who are already enjoying life as octogenarians. There is no precedent in human history. The degree to which modern medicine has contributed to this happy state of affairs is neither trivial nor substantial. The degree to which medicalization and overtreatment can impair longevity and compromise well-being is also not trivial and can be substantial. Counter-intuitive? Cognitive dissonance? We will discuss amongst ourselves.

Nortin M. Hadler, MD, MACP, MACR, FACOEM, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals until 2015. A graduate of Yale College and The Harvard Medical School, he trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, and the Clinical Research Centre in London. He was certified a Diplomate of the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology, and Geriatrics. His most recent books are Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America and Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society.

Registration fee: $10 per session or the entire series of three for $25 . No cost with UNC-Chapel Hill Student ID, but the Center requests that students register in advance by phone.

There are four ways to register:

  1. Online: Register online
  2. Mail: Print out the registration form and mail it to
    What’s the Big Idea? Spring 2017
    Campus Box 1020, The Friday Center
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020
  3. Fax: Print out the registration form and fax it to 919-962-5549.
  4. Phone: Call 800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643.

More What’s the Big Idea? Spring 2017 Sessions:

April 13: Bracing for the Silver Tsunami
April 27: Senior Entrepreneurship is not an Oxymoron: The 21st Century is the Age of Experience!

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