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July 3, 1996

Gerontology Researchers Look Toward Millennium

JAMA. 1996;276(1):12. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540010014006

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THE NATION NOW is a year farther along "The Road to an Aging Policy for the 21st Century" that was mapped in May 1995 at the Fourth White House Conference on Aging.

As this second postconference year gets under way, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is pointing out that the first members of the baby-boom generation—those born in 1946—will turn 65 in just 15 years. And the last of the boomers, born in 1964, will reach 65 in 2029.

The NIA, which is part of the National Institutes of Health and has research facilities in Baltimore and Bethesda, Md, sees reason for optimism in that the boomers' health is generally better than that of their parents, most women will have worked to generate their own Social Security and pension income, and education levels are higher.

On the other hand, NIA officials say, it's important to keep in mind