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What’s the Big Idea? – “Bracing for the Silver Tsunami”

April 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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 1: Bracing for the Silver Tsunami


Thursday, April 13, 7-8:30 pm at the Friday Center


Maturing baby boomers, the 81 million people born between 1946 and 1964, will turn 65 at a rate of more than 8,000 per day over the next twenty years. Thanks to major medical advances and increases in active living and healthy eating, a person turning 65 today is expected to live on average another 18.7 years, six years longer than a person turning 65 in 1940. The aging of the boomer generation combined with increased longevity is ushering in a huge wave of older adults, a silver tsunami which will dramatically transform all of our nation’s social, economic, and political institutions. Both the challenges and opportunities undergirding our nation’s impending silver tsunami will be discussed.


James H. Johnson, Jr., is the William R. Kenan Jr., Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University. His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the US workplace, inter-ethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. His latest book is Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angles.


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:

Online: Register online

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

Fax: Print out the registration form and fax it to 919-962-5549.

Phone: Call 800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643.


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

April 20: Rethinking Aging; Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society
April 27: Senior Entrepreneurship is not an Oxymoron: The 21st Century is the Age of Experience!


April 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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