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Aging: The health care story of the 21st century

Eileen BealHow did we get here? Scientific discoveries that began in the 1920s, and continue today, gave birth to the longevity revolution, changing the nature of health care from acute to episodic/chronic care, where care is provided, who is providing that care and the costs associated. Some of these issues – and where they intersect – are easy to spot: Alzheimer’s impact on long-term care, family finances, nursing homes and the effect of new drugs on the treatment of chronic conditions, survival rates and the insurance industry come immediately to mind.

Others, including the issues in this tip sheet, take a bit more digging.

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