How can we make the future better for aging adults?
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently released a report (which you can read in full here) on how to improve life for older Americans long-term. Their recommendations intend to “reduce the burden of illness, enhance quality of life, and maintain health among older adults.”
With a population of 72 million Americans over 65 expected by 2030, the NIA’s strategies are both timely and promising.
The NIA plans to:
Better Understand the Aging Process
- Investigate the biology of aging as it relates to disease and disability
- Learn more about personal, interpersonal, and societal factors affecting aging
Improve Older Adults’ Health, Independence, and Well-Being
- Develop interventions to reduce disease and disability
- Research and intervene to reduce Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases
- Examine the impacts of an aging society and make policy recommendations
- Study health disparities to improve the health of diverse populations of seniors
- Enhance the resources and structure needed for a strong research workforce
- Communicate findings effectively to doctors, scientists, advocates, and the public