March 8, 1985

Research on aging burgeons as more Americans grow older

JAMA. 1985;253(10):1369-1370. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350340019002

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"A "Aging cannot be equated with a disease or a disorder, nor can there be a 'magic bullet' to stop it," observes Reubin Andres, MD, clinical director, National Institute on Aging facilities at Baltimore City Hospitals.

Andres was a participant in a recent symposium on "Aging in the 21st Century," held in conjunction with a program on "Aging and the Dementias" as part of a centennial series sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. The meetings featured presentations by experts on mental, physical, economic, and philosophic aspects of the so-called graying of America.

According to symposium participant Elias E. Manuelidis, MD, professor of neuropathology and neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn, life expectancy in this country will extend well into the tenth decade of life by the middle of the 21st century. The fastest growing segment of the population now comprises persons 85 years of age and