Pulitzer-prize winning author Dr. Robert Butler coined the term
"ageism" and made "Alzheimer's" a familiar word. Now he brings his
formidable knowledge and experience in aging issues to a recent and
unprecedented achievement: the extension of human life expectancy
by thirty years. As Butler shows, our society had not yet adapted
to this change.
The U.S. has not made a research investment in aging. Only
eleven medical schools out of 145 have geriatrics departments
compared to England where geriatrics is the number two specialty.
We have not solidified private pension plans or strengthened Social
Security to ensure that people do not outlive their resources. In
this urgent and ultimately optimistic book, Dr. Butler shows why
and how we must re-examine our personal and societal approach to
aging right now, so that the boomers and the generations that
follow may have a financially secure, vigorous, and healthy final
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