A Better Old Age
Robert Kahn is 95 years old. But as he leans back in his office at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research to consider a question, or avidly discusses a research problem with colleagues in the hall, hands gesturing, his age seems irrelevant.
If we're going to add life to years--and not just years to life--a few things need to change. Here are some suggestions.
Not far from the Detroit River, across the street from the headquarters of the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, in a repurposed brick building formerly occupied by Parke-Davis, a quiet revolution in senior care is taking place.
America grows older yet stays focused on its young. Whatever hill we try to climb we're over it by 50--and should that hill involve entertainment or athletics we're finished long before.
Thanks to public health initiatives, the human lifespan is now an estimated 25 years longer than it was at the turn of the 20th century--but, as the cover of this issue of Findings suggests, we have not yet found a way to ensure that those years are good ones.