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May 3, 1995

Longevity Requires Policy Revolution

JAMA. 1995;273(17):1319-1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520410013003

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THE INCREASING longevity of people in the industrialized world has been termed a revolution. To meet the challenges it poses will require another revolution, a drastic change in social policy, says Robert N. Butler, MD, an internationally recognized authority on aging.

Butler, chair of the Henry L. Schwartz Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mt Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, spoke at a conference on "Longevity and the Media," which was cosponsored by the International Leadership Center on Longevity and Society of Mt Sinai Hospital and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Its intent was to alert journalists to issues involved in aging from the perspective of the individual, the entire population, and the development of public policy.

"The topic has become a major issue in public debate, and there is a feeling that there are large cross-cutting problems and that the press, in its coverage

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