Neelum Aggarwal, M.D.
Dr. Neelum Aggarwal is recognized for her decades of research and patient care in brain health, dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Aggarwal was an important part of the team led by Martha Clare Morris at Rush University Medical Center to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of the groundbreaking MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). Her roles have included Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush Medical College and the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center; Director of Research at the Rush Heart Center for Women; and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American Medical Women's Association.
Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Founded by Ruth Shriman in 1976 to ensure that the voices of older adults would be heard, this multi-racial grassroots organization has made important contributions on issues that affect society at large-affordable housing, retirement security, voter registration, and more. The recent "Senior Safety Ordinance" in Chicago is one example of JASC's work. Their mission "envisions a world where all seniors can age with dignity and safety, free of ageism, racism, and other forms of oppression." Its methods are based on community organizing: crossing neighborhood, racial, religious, generational, and socioeconomic lines to find common ground.
Dr. Becca Levy
Dr. Becca Levy is the author of the ground-breaking book, Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live. Through more than two decades of research as Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Dr. Levy and her team have demonstrated that health problems attributed solely to the aging process such as hearing loss and memory loss are in fact influenced by negative age stereotypes and self-perceptions. Her research has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and also played a key role in the World Health Organization Campaign to Combat Ageism.