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October 02, 2021

The Future of Employment
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Automation and robot workers may be signs of progress for some, but for teenagers and adults seeking employment, these changes can mean career worries. Then, Alzheimer's disease is impacting millions of American families. Are there ways to prevent and reverse the cognitive declines it causes? A medical doctor shares promising research findings.
Episode Segments:
Adapting to the Tech Environment
Jack Kosakowski is President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. Mr. Kosakowski discussed a recent survey conducted by his organization that found that 77 percent of parents are concerned about their children's ability to have a successful job or career as adults, in light of global competition and automation. He talked about the rapidly changing career environment, and how Junior Achievement is adapting to today's tech environment to help teenagers.
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The Fight Against Alzheimer's
Dale Bredesen, MD is author of The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline. Dr. Bredesen said his research has determined that Alzheimer's disease is not a single condition, but three similar ones--each with a different cause. He said new research is giving hope that the disease can be prevented and, under certain circumstances, even reversed. He said every American should get a cognitive and genetic test at age 45, to determine their likelihood of developing Alzheimer's.
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The Diet for a Healthy Lifestyle
Craig Gundersen, PhD, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy, Professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois led a study that found that 5.4 million people age 60 or older in the U.S., or 8.1 percent, did not have enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. He explained how food insecurity adversely affects a senior citizen's health, and why many low income seniors fail to take advantage of government programs available to them.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Jack Kosakowski
Jack is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement USA. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Kosakowski has total oversight of Junior Achievement in the United States.

Starting as a student in the Junior Achievement program in Toledo, Ohio, he attended the University of Toledo on a Junior Achievement scholarship and has since served in a variety of staff positions with increasing levels of responsibility over the past 40 years. He was named President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA in 2007.

Jack was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve a two-year term on the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy in January 2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Achievement Foundation, is a past member of the United States Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and serves on the Council on Competitiveness' Learn to Compete Commission. Kosakowski was also named a Trustee of America's Promise Alliance.

Junior Achievement

Dale Bredesen
Dr. Bredesen is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimerís disease. He graduated from Caltech, then earned his MD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He served as Chief Resident in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel laureate Stanley Prusinerís laboratory at UCSF as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding President and CEO.

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