About the ProgramIn 2015, the U.S. population included an estimated 47.8 million people age 65 and older. By 2060, people in this age group will comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents. The growth of this population is one of the most significant shifts in demographic trends in the history of our country, with an influx of baby boomers—people born between 1946 and 1964—making this age group the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. The Summit focused on keeping Americans healthy as they transition into older adulthood and maximizing the health of all older adults through prevention strategies like encouraging healthy lifestyles, planning for aging, improving the use of preventive services, and much more.
What contributes to longer and healthier lives throughout older adulthood? The Summit highlighted interventions, services, supports, and strategies that optimize health and prevent, avert, or delay entry into the healthcare system. Greater understanding of the social, environmental, emotional, and other factors that influence health in the later years of life redefines how we approach aging and can reduce healthcare costs to individuals, families, caregivers, systems, and communities. Enroll Now