The aging of America, the most significant demographic trend of our time, has profound implications for health institutions, families, workplaces, communities, the economy, even the very concept of a normal life trajectory.
The trend accelerated as the first of 78 million baby boomers began reaching the age of 65 in 2011. By 2030, almost one in every five Americans will be 65 or older, up from about one in eight today. By 2050, 88.5 million Americans will be 65 or older, up from 40.2 million in 2010.
The health care implications are enormous, as seniors consume more medical care and account for a larger share of the nation’s health care spending than any other age group. Especially vulnerable are the “oldest old” – people 85 and above, who tend to be more frail and have more significant medical needs. This group is expected to expand from 5.8 million people in 2010 to an estimated 19 million in 2050.
Reporters on the aging beat will want to follow how scientific and medical advances contribute to better health and longer lives for older adults in the years ahead.
From the Aging in the 21st Century workshop held by the Association of Health Care Journalists in Coral Gables, Fla., in October 2009. More at http://www.healthjournalism.org/aging
In this impassioned keynote address - which was part of the general session of the March, 2010 joint convention of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. (gerontologist, psychologist, documentary filmmaker and author) rages against America's unpreparedness for the aging of our society, challenges our misaligned healthcare system, sounds a wake-up call to our financially irresponsible population, questions the new purpose of aging and lambasts our leaders for their shortsightedness in public policies pertaining to the age wave.
National Council on Aging, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. (gerontologist, psychologist, documentary filmmaker and author) rages against America's unpreparedness for the aging of our society, challenges our misaligned healthcare system, sounds a wake-up call to our financially irresponsible population, questions the new purpose of aging and lambasts our leaders for their shortsightedness in public policies pertaining to the age wave.
Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer, discusses Minnesota's aging population, and its implications for the future of transportation in the state.
Over 5 million adults in the U.S. are now living with dementia; This is the story of George and Adriana Cuevas.
In 1992 my mother was diagnosed with having Dementia.....I took care of my mother during that time...In 2002 she entered a nursing home where she could receive 24 hour care..this is her story...
"In My Mother's Eye" a story one women's struggle with Dementia Words written by Tom Tripp and music ('In The Arms Of An Angel') Written by Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban
http://capolst.org/ POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a form that states what kind of medical treatment patients want toward the end of their lives. Printed on bright pink paper, and signed by both a doctor and patient, POLST helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.
In a conversation for California Healthline, Susan Tolle of the Oregon Health & Science University discussed Oregon's experience implementing Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/special-reports/2010/endoflife-expert-susan-tolle-on-rolling-out-physician-orders-for-lifesustaining-treatment.aspx#ixzz17l6of8cD
With one of the area's most diverse senior populations, Sharon has many older residents who are Chinese, Indian, and Russian. They are eager to be a part of the community and many volunteer and socialize at monthly luncheons run by the Sharon Council on Aging and HESSCO Elder Services. Wellness programs, ethnic food, and entertainment are a big draw.
Most people think the new health reform law simply increases the number of people with health coverage in the U.S.
But it does more. It also contains a number of provisions to help people get long-term supports and services at home, or if need be, in a nursing home.
This video outlines some of the ways in which the Affordable Care Act promotes long-term care. Featuring Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, dedicated to helping seniors receive integrated medical treatment and human services in the setting most appropriate to their needs.
About 70 percent of Americans over age 65 will eventually need some form of long-term care.
This can mean nursing home care. But more commonly, it means help at home with activities such as dressing, cooking and eating.
Many people think Medicare covers long-term services and supports. With limited exceptions, it does not, as this video points out.
Featuring Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, dedicated to helping seniors receive integrated medical treatment and human services in the setting most appropriate to their needs.
This video is part of a series produced by the Alliance for Health Reform, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy education group in Washington, DC. See more videos at www.allhealth.org.
In anticipation of the International Conference on Positive Aging, December 7-10, 2010 in Los Angeles, this film sets forth some of the key themes to be discussed at the conference, such as: what does it take to age well? What does Creative Longevity mean? And what do we need to accomplish ourselves, and in our communities, to ensure that aging is a positive experience? The film, which was produced by the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, features leading scholars on the subject, including Profs. Valerie Bentz, Connie Corley, Katrina Rogers and author and motivational speaker Connie Goldman. For more information about the conference, please visit www.positiveaging.fielding.edu. For more information about Fielding and the Institute for Social Innovation, please visit www.fielding.edu.
New studies show that adding creativity and challenging your brain could actually add years to your life. There is evidence that intensive involvement in the arts helped to improve the mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life for the participants.
Get more health information about the brain from U.S. News at http://health.usnews.com/sections/health/brain-and-behavior/index.html
Nir Barzilai, M.D., Principal Investigator
http://www.einstein.yu.edu - The Longevity Genes Project at Einstein is a study of more than 500 healthy centenarians, near-centenarians and their children. In this video, principal investigator Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research and director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, discusses the findings to date. Dr. Barzilai also explains his personal and professional quest for ways to significantly delay age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and to help people live longer, healthier lives. See News Release. http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/news.asp?ID=582
One key issue addressed at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) was the rapidly increasing global aging population; and how to prepare for its profound impact on global health, as well as the direct economic, social and political implications.
Global experts from the WEF Global Agenda Council on Ageing led this discussion in Davos and presented a new report outlining key challenges/opportunities associated with global aging, including how to improve healthy aging through the innovation of global health systems and investment in long-term health options; as well as specific initiatives to seize the social and economic opportunity created by the aging population.
Enzymes like Telomerase and Resveratrol, though not the Fountain of Youth unto themselves, offer tantalizing clues to how we might someday soon unravel the aging process.
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Features sessions on research policy, methods, data sets, emerging research methods and training. Sessions include long-term care, Medicare, complex chronic conditions, health information technology, patient-centered outcomes and more with presenters from HHS, AHRQ, CDC, Johns Hopkins.