Aging: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
with Robert L. Kane, MD, Professor and Minnesota Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management
This session examines how we view aging and the implications of these viewpoints.
- No one aims to get old but the alternative is even less appealing
- Our society spends a great deal of money trying to avoid aging
- Views of aging vary widely. Not everyone ages the same way
- Aging is associated with a variety of negative changes including multiple chronic diseases and physical and social dependency
- Aging is associated with coping and adaptation
- Older people are resilient
- Our society is not prepared for the expansion of older people and the needs they will bring; now is the time for action
Robert L. Kane, MD, holds an endowed chair in Long-term Care and Aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Robert directs the UMN Center on Aging, the MN Area Geriatric Education Center, the Clinical Outcomes Research Center, and an AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center. He has conducted numerous research studies on both the clinical care and the organization of care for older persons, especially those needing long-term care. He is the author or editor of 31 books and more than 480 journal articles and book chapters on geriatrics and health services research.