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Aging

By 2030 about 70 million Americans – nearly 22 percent of the population – will be age 65 or older, an aging trend that presents new challenges for policymakers and society. Our work seeks to improve the knowledge base on many aspects of aging, from large-scale demographic shifts to the particular health and social needs of the elderly, in order to inform the development of effective policies and programs in health care, social services, and other areas.  See also:

Current Projects
 
Long-Run Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population: Phase II
This study will build on the recently completed NRC report Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-term Implications of an Older Population. The study will incorporate quantitative modeling and projections where possible to develop new insights about the long-run macroeconomic effects of the aging U.S. population.
 
Reports
 
Health and Incarceration Health and Incarceration: A Workshop Summary (CLAJ, BSP, IOM)
2013

Incarceration rates in the United States have risen dramatically in recent decades. The increasing numbers entering and exiting U.S. prisons and jails raise questions about the adequacy of healthcare available for them, particularly given....Read more
   
Fostering Independence Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging Through Technology: Workshop Summary (IOM, DBASSE)
2013

The workshop examined ways in which technology can foster independence and healthy aging among working-age individuals with disabilities and among individuals who are developing disabilities while they age.  Read more
   
International Health in Perspective Cover U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (CPOP, IOM)
2013

The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest.  Although life expectancy and survival rates in the United States have improved dramatically.....Read more
   
Macroeconomics_of_Aging Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population (CPOP)

2012

 

This report presents the fundamental factors driving the aging of the U.S. population, as well as its societal implications and likely long-term macroeconomic effects in a global context. Read more

 

Medical Care Economic Risk: Measuring Financial Vulnerability from Spending on Medical Care  (CNSTAT,HCS)
2013

The United States has seen major advances in medical care during the past decades, but access to care at an affordable cost is not universal. Many Americans lack health care insurance of any kind, and... Read more


Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives  (CPOP)
2012

The population of Asia is growing both larger and older. Demographically the most important continent on the world, Asia's population, currently estimated to be 4.2 billion, is expected to increase to... Read more


Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors  (BOHSI)
2011

In the United States, health care devices, technologies, and practices are rapidly moving into the home. The factors driving this migration include the costs of health care, the growing numbers of... Read more


Assessing the Impact of Severe Economic Recession on the Elderly: Summary of a Workshop  (CPOP)
2011

The economic crisis that began in 2008 has had a significant impact on the well-being of certain segments of the population and its disruptive effects can be expected to last well into the future. The... Read more


Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries  (CPOP)
2011

During the last 25 years, life expectancy at age 50 in the United States has been rising, but at a slower pace than in many other high-income countries, such as Japan and Australia. This difference is... Read more


The Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care:Workshop Summary  (BOHSI)
2010

The rapid growth of home health care has raised many unsolved issues and will have consequences that are far too broad for any one group to analyze in their entirety. Yet a major influence on the... Read more



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