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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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:

Fostering Independence Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging Through Technology: Workshop Summary (IOM, DBASSE)

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)

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)



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 RiskMeasuring Financial Vulnerability from Spending on Medical Care  (CNSTAT,HCS)

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 AsiaFindings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives  (CPOP)

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 HomeThe Human Factors  (BOHSI)

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 ElderlySummary of a Workshop  (CPOP)

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)

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 CareWorkshop Summary  (BOHSI)

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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