PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Experts say for the first time in U.S. history, there will be more people over the age of 60 in 2019 than under the age of 18. 

Dr. Kate Schaefers, from the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, says "encore adults," those 50 years old and older, can benefit greatly from connecting to youth. 

“Encore adults want to make a difference in the lives of the younger generations and are uniquely suited for a mentoring role. They bring talents that are needed in the social sector,“ says Dr. Schaefers.

Experts agree there are mutual benefits to connecting older and younger generations. Marc Freedman, President and CEO of, is a leading voice in the encore movement. His latest book, "How to Live Forever," was #1 in the Wall Street Journal's list of best books for aging well in 2018.

You can join the conversation. "How to Live Forever - Conversation with Marc Freedman" is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 5 to 8:15 p.m. at Willey Hall - Atrium and 125 classroom at the University of Minnesota.

Admission is free. The public is invited. However, seating is limited. Registration is encouraged.

The U of M bookstore will have copies of "How to Live Forever" available for purchase prior to the event. Freeman will sign copies of his book. For information, click here.