In this insightful book, the nation’s leading researchers, analysts, educators, and experts on health and aging policies and programs present their frustrations, findings, and insights on what current research reveals about the future of the healthy aging. They then offer sound recommendations on how to prevent a crisis in health care.
More and more Americans are living long enough to experience the chronic ills of old age. The fastest growing segment of our elderly, those aged 85 and over, will triple in number from 33 million today to more than 10 million by the year 2030. Our current health care system was never designed to care for a such a populationone in which the average lifespan is now 76 and rapidly increasing. Even Medicare is based on an acute-care model most appropriate for younger people.
In Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions, the nation’s leading experts, researchers, analysts, and educators present their frustrations, findings, insights, and recommendations on what current research reveals about the promise of healthy aging, how we are unprepared for the long-term chronic needs of an aging population, and why we need to rethink how the nation spends health care dollars. Edited by Dr. Ken Dychtwald, one of the nation’s foremost visionaries and leading authorities on the aging of America, this anthology will open your eyes to our nation’s lack of readiness to meet the staggering health care needs of an aging society, and what must be done to head off the fast-approaching health care logjam.