Every seven seconds someone in the United States is celebrating a 60th birthday.
This trend began Jan. 1, 2006, and will continue for 18 years. The first of the baby boomers will turn 65 in 2011. By 2030, when all of the baby boomers have reached age 65, the number of older Americans is expected to be 20% of the U.S. population, or about 70 million people.
The number of older people could lead to a crisis for the healthcare system.
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Diseases of aging
Experts on this topic
Tannin Fuja, Ph.D. Director of Research and Chief Scientific Officer, The National Genecular Institute, Newport Beach, Calif.; The National Genecular Institute (NGI), a subsidiary of Dermacia Inc., is advancing the future of customized medicine in areas such as skin diseases and conditions through a global biomedical research protocol. For more information, visit genecular.com.
Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., RN. Director, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Bethesda, Md.; The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a part of The National Institutes of Health, is dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of Americans through funding of nursing research and research training. For more information, visit ninr.nih.gov.
John Hooper, Ph.D. President and CEO, Genizon BioScience Inc., Montreal; Genizon’s mission is to discover the key disease genes that define causative biochemical pathways for common human diseases and identify novel targets and predictive biomarkers. For more information, visit genizon.com.
Jyrki Mattila, M.D., Ph.D. Executive VP, Business Development, R&D, and Technical Operations, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., Malvern, Pa.; Auxilium was founded in 1999 to develop and market pharmaceutical products that focus on urology and sexual health. For more information, visit auxilium.com.
Daniel Perry. Executive Director, The Alliance for Aging Research, Washington, D.C.; The Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and independence of aging Americans through public and private funding of medical research and geriatric education. For more information, visit agingresearch.org.
George C. Prendergast, Ph.D. President and CEO, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), Wynnewood, Pa.; LIMR is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research center. For more information, visit limr.org. Dr. Prendergast also is a professor in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology, at Jefferson Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University, as well as deputy editor for Reviews, Cancer Research.