Lesson 1: Aging Well

“An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States”

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau

This report examines how the age structure of the U.S. population is expected to change over the coming decades and focuses on the older population in terms of age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. The size and structure of the older population is important to public and private interests, both socially and economically.

“Aging and Longevity – Theories and Effects”

Mark Stibich, PhD

The study of aging – gerontology – is a relatively new science that has made incredible progress over the last 30 years. In the past, scientists looked for a single theory that explained aging. This article examines two main groups of aging theories. The first group states that aging is natural and programmed into the body, while the second group of aging theories say that aging is a result of damage which is accumulated over time. In the end, aging is a complex interaction of genetics, chemistry, physiology and behavior.

“2016 Key Indicators of Well-being for Older Americans”

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

A comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of older adults in America. A compendium of indicators of well-being drawn from official statistics in the following areas: economic, health status, health risks and behaviors, health care, population demographics, and environment.

“Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works”

Gerontological Society of America, 2012

“A Clinician’s Handbook: Talking with your Older Patient”

National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services


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