Aging in America: Addressing the Complexities of Longer Lives and an Aging Population

Illustration of people of various ages

No matter who you are, where you live, how much you exercise, or what you eat, we all share one thing in common: we are all getting older. By the year 2060, there will be nearly 100 million Americans aged 65 and over, about double today's amount. This tremendous growth poses serious challenges, and public health researchers are working to meet those challenges.

In this episode, we hear from four researchers who examine aging in different ways. We explore what it means for all of us here in the United States when people live longer and longer, and the financial costs of getting older. We talk about diseases that primarily affect the elderly and then finally, how a furry friend may benefit us as we age. 

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In This Episode

F. DuBois BowmanF. DuBois Bowman

Dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Dubois Bowman's areas of study include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia, and substance addiction. His research has helped reveal brain patterns that reflect disruption from psychiatric diseases, detect biomarkers for neurological diseases, and determine more individualized therapeutic treatments. His work also seeks to determine threats to brain health from environmental exposures and to optimize brain health in aging populations. Learn more.

Neil Mehta

Neil Mehta

Former Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy

Neil Mehta’s research and teaching lies generally at the intersection of demography, epidemiology, and sociology. His active areas of research are in aging and disability, immigrant health, race/ethnic health disparities, mortality, obesity, cigarette smoking, and the chronic diseases of older age.


Edward NortonEdward Norton

Professor of Health Management and Policy

Edward Norton’s research interests in health economics include long-term care and aging, pay-for-performance, obesity, and econometrics. In addition to his affiliations with the University of Michigan, Prof. Norton is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Health Economics Program. Learn more.


Cathleen ConnellCathleen Connell

Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education

Cathleen Connell's research interests include chronic disease self-management, dementia family caregiving; knowledge and attitudes about dementia and dementia diagnosis; the role of physical activity in heart disease and diabetes self-management; the role of pets in the support networks of older adults; the impact of older adults' life transitions on family caregiving; and using art as a means to retain identity in the case of dementia. Learn more.

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