Recommended Reading: A Champion of Vibrant Aging
Read a New York Times profile of Linda Fried, MD, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Fried has been a pioneer in the study of healthy aging and a founder of Experience Corps, a program now in 19 cities that links people age 50 and older as mentors and tutors for children in grades kindergarten through third grade.
Also catch up some of the latest thinking around creating healthier communities for older adults--critical given the following stats on the aging population:
- Nearly 40 million U.S. resident are age 65 and older; this will grow to 70 million in the next 20 years
- The number of Americans age 85 and older will grow by 74 percent in 20 years
- Three-quarters of older adults live in low-density communities, making it harder for them to get around and age in place
- More than half of people over age 75 have disabilities
>>Read the full profile of Dean Linda Fried.