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Vital Directions from the National Academy of Medicine
October 25, 2016

Preparing for Better Health and Health Care for an Aging Population

Author Affiliations
  • 1Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York
  • 2John A. Hartford Foundation, New York, New York
JAMA. 2016;316(16):1643-1644. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12335

The number and proportion of older persons in the United States is rapidly increasing. Significant deficiencies are projected in the country’s capacity to deliver the medical, public health, and support services needed for the future frail and ill older population, and the nation is not investing sufficiently in keeping people healthy late in life. Valuable advances are needed in 4 vital directions central to the health and well-being of older persons, especially those at greatest risk owing to medical conditions or social disadvantage.