Dr. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Laura also is a board member of Lively (mylively.com), an innovative start-up that offers an activity-sharing experience that supports the independent lifestyle of older adults and tightens the connection between their families.
Laura is well regarded for her life-span theory of motivation and healthy well-being. According to Laura, ““The vast majority of older people want to live out their lives in their own homes, and there is good reason to believe that this is good for self-esteem, health and life satisfaction,” says Dr. Laura L. Carstensen, the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and Lively board member. “Yet this can be a challenge for older people and for their adult children who worry about older relatives yet are spread so thin balancing jobs and caring for children they cannot be around on a daily basis. Lively applies just the right touch to melt away these concerns by enabling an entirely new avenue of connection.”