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J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Apr;71(4):435-44. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glv164. Epub 2015 Sep 29.

Preparing for an Aging World: Engaging Biogerontologists, Geriatricians, and the Society.

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1
Arizona Center on Aging, Department of Immunobiology, and Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. School of Information, University of Arizona College of Science, Tucson.
2
Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
3
School of Information, University of Arizona College of Science, Tucson.
4
Foundation Professor and Director of the Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, Arizona State University, Tempe.
5
Department of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Brescia University, Brescia, Italy. CEINGE Biotecnologie Avanzate, Napoli, Italy.
6
Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, California.
7
Arizona Center on Aging.
8
School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.
9
Section of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center and Boston School of Medicine, Massachusetts.
10
Alliance for Aging Research, Washington, The District of Columbia.
11
Department of Geriatric Medicine, the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.
12
Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and the Jewish Home of San Francisco Center for Research on Aging.
13
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science, University of Brighton, East Sussex.

Abstract

Although the demographic revolution has produced hundreds of millions people aged 65 and older, a substantial segment of that population is not enjoying the benefits of extended healthspan. Many live with multiple chronic conditions and disabilities that erode the quality of life. The consequences are also costly for society. In the United States, the most costly 5% of Medicare beneficiaries account for approximately 50% of Medicare's expenditures. This perspective summarizes a recent workshop on biomedical approaches to best extend healthspan as way to reduce age-related dysfunction and disability. We further specify the action items necessary to unite health professionals, scientists, and the society to partner around the exciting and palpable opportunities to extend healthspan.

KEYWORDS:

Healthspan; Longevity dividend; Models of care

PMID:
26419976
PMCID:
PMC5014189
DOI:
10.1093/gerona/glv164
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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