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The John A. Hartford Aging Society Index: Checking In with Jack Rowe, MD

Imagine a tool that could help nations develop smarter policies to address the challenges and opportunities presented by our rapidly aging population. That is the goal of The John A. Hartford Aging Society Index, currently being developed by the Aging Society Network under the leadership of John…

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Eradicating Ageism Is a Moral Imperative

In so many ways, we live in the golden age of aging. In the past century, lifespan has doubled. That is one of the greatest, yet underappreciated, accomplishments of modern times. And as more people are living longer than ever before in human history, we are learning more every day…

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Charting Vital Directions in Health Care for the Next Administration

This year’s tumultuous campaign season has been riveting. However, Election Day will soon come and go, and our attention will turn from debates and proposals to the actual policy actions of our newly elected executive and legislative leaders.  Health care, which will likely soon approach nearly 20 percent…

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Person-Centered Care: Learning What Truly Matters in Medicine

Editor's Note: With back-to-school season in full swing, we are pleased to share this post from Kevin Cordeiro, one of our summer interns who aspires to be a physician and has just returned to Boston University.  During my sophomore year of high school, my grandparents moved in…

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Floods, Fires, and Zika: Emergency Preparedness Must Include Older Adults

This summer we have witnessed catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, raging wildfires in California, and the rapid spread of the Zika virus. These frightening events should remind us about the importance of emergency preparedness. For those of us in the field of aging, these emergencies obligate us to remind everyone about…

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