Humanity has added three decades to people’s life spans in the past 150 years. Science is only beginning to catch up.
As demography shifts, spiraling health costs and questions about the adequacy of public and private pension programs and retirement funds rightly stir concerns. Those issues must be addressed, of course, but there is a silver lining.
Increasing longevity has spurred unprecedented economic growth and new opportunities for personal fulfillment. Older individuals are generally healthier than their counterparts in generations past, and they seek to remain engaged and relevant as long as possible. Advances in bioscience offer the prospect of even longer, healthier and more active lives.
Our global population is aging, the effects of climate change are more deeply felt with each passing day and industry must adjust its processes given the pace of technological advances.
While nearly all professional fields must adapt, health care, in particular, will need strong leadership to withstand these forces. Is the Canadian health-care system ready? Does it have the leadership capacity to bring about adaptive system-level changes?
Across the country, communities, organizations, non-profit agencies, and foundations are coming up with ways to try to meet rural caregiving needs by delivering meals, arranging transportation, and providing companionship.
Today, our perception of age is changing more than ever. Thanks to advancements in science, medicine and technology, we may be living longer – well into our 70s, 80s and even 90s – and accordingly we will need to continue to redefine what it means to be “old.”
Throughout the country, the arts are pumping new life into the bodies and minds of the elderly.
Two summers ago, a remarkable documentary called “Alive Inside” showed how much music can do for the most vulnerable older Americans, especially those whose memories and personalities are dimmed by dementia.
In many communities, volunteer organizations, like Good Neighbors of Park Slope in Brooklyn and Staying in Place in Woodstock, N.Y., help older residents remain in their homes and live easier and more fulfilling lives.
Many of my older-adult patients wanted to make a difference in the world but, finding no role for themselves, were treated as socially useless. Having created a new stage of life, the next step is to make it meaningful.
Scientists love to say that aging is not well understood because the purpose of scientists is to find things, out so they have to constantly tell people that nothing is understood, but it's actually bullshit. The fact is, aging is pretty well understood, and the best of it is that not only can we enumerate the various types of damage the body does to itself throughout our lives, we can also categorize them, classify them into a variable number of categories.
How do we resolve divisive issues in an increasingly aged society? Population expert Kenneth Howse has some ideas.
Our population is aging rapidly, and one of the best sources of support remains chronically underfunded.
Google's biotech subsidiary Calico could someday unleash a pipeline of drugs focused on factors that limit life span. But will it really conquer mortality? Don't hold your breath.
The Alliance believes that advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce healthcare costs over the long term. Access to the latest scientific information empowers people to take control of their health. The Alliance strives to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives–from policy issues to provider and consumer health programs–that generate knowledge and action on age-related issues.
BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. We are working to save mind and sight.
Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. We will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Executing on this mission will require an unprecedented level of interdisciplinary effort and a long-term focus for which funding is already in place.
The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging is a national non-profit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society. We aim to build a bridge between the research and practice of Geriatrics and the Public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special health care needs.
We promote the advancement of biomedical technologies which could increase healthy human lifespan. We focus on healthspan, longevity, rejuvenation biotechnology, regenerative medicine, and life extension.
The Consumer Voice envisions a world in which all consumers of long-term care, services and supports are treated with respect and dignity and have a wide range of affordable, quality options across all settings. These options will make it possible for individuals to receive care and services in the location and manner of their choice and to attain a high quality of life.
Founded in 1929, the John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of health care training, research and service system innovations that will ensure the well-being and vitality of older adults. Its overall goal is to increase the nation's capacity to provide effective, affordable care to its rapidly increasing older population.
The SCAN Foundation is an independent public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence. We envision a future where high-quality, affordable health care and supports for daily living are delivered on each person’s own terms, according to that individual’s needs, values, and preferences.
AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.
A not-for-profit organization of over 6,700 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.
American Seniors Association is the fastest growing seniors' advocacy in the nation and an emerging conservative voice on the national issues that impact seniors. We believe that America's seniors deserve respect, admiration and support for the contributions they made throughout their lives building families and the enhancing the quality of American life.
Today, The Association of Mature American Citizens is here to protect your interests, and to offer an alternative perspective on how to best solve the problems seniors face today.
The Case Management Society of America aims to improve patient well-being and health care outcomes by supporting the professional development of care managers from a variety of disciplines, practice settings, skill levels and professional capacities.
COSCO is the largest federation of seniors' organizations in the Province of British Columbia, representing seniors for over 50 years.
We strive to create a friendly and loving atmosphere for seniors. We know and understand the life of a Indian senior citizen, and as FISCO members we can all work together towards the betterment of our community.
Dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields to dispel society's myths about aging.
National Care Association represents the interests of providers caring for elderly people, people with Dementia, people with learning disabilities, the physically handicapped, the mentally ill, children and domiciliary care agencies.
We are a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. We bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.
To improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research.
Care.com connects families and babysitters, nannies, senior caregivers, tutors, special needs caregivers, housekeepers, pet caregivers, and more!
Our mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for.