The social safety net for older Americans has been shrinking for the past couple decades. The risks associated with aging, reduced income, and increased healthcare costs, have been off-loaded onto seniors. For an increasing number of older Americans, their golden years are fraught with economic risks, the result of which is often bankruptcy.
-HAIA identifies recommendations and actions to promote healthy aging and improve health and well-being later in life. The report highlights federal and nonfederal policies and programs that promote healthy aging to further the strategy for an aging society.
This report provides a snapshot of our nation’s progress in promoting prevention, improving the health and well-being of older adults, and reducing behaviors that contribute to premature death and disability.
More than 3 million Americans rely on services provided by nursing homes at some point during the year; 1.4 million Americans reside in the Nation’s approximately 15,654 nursing homes on any given day. Those individuals and an even larger number of their family members, friends, and relatives must be able to count on nursing homes to provide reliable, high quality care.
Aging can be a time of diminishing mental as well as physical capacities that can bring dementia, depression, anxiety and sometimes psychosis. Mental Health America (MHA) advocates studying and funding medical and psychosocial interventions to help sustain our mental health and quality of life into old age, as this paper begins to cover.
APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
The older population is rapidly growing in the United States and across the globe, it is important to carefully examine what is known about cognitive aging, to identify the positive steps that can be taken to promote cognitive health, and then to implement those changes by informing and activating the public, the health sector, nonprofit and professional associations, communities, the private sector, and government agencies.
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