Healthy Aging in North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Janice I. Farkas Wassel, Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The “longevity revolution” is here. Regardless of whether any North Carolinians born today will live to the 120 to 150 years projected by Dr. Robert Butler at the International Longevity Center, North Carolina’s current older population is nevertheless growing in size and in age. By 2030, North Carolina’s older adult population (aged 65 and older) will more than double to over 2 million and the very old population (aged 85 and older) will increase 150% to about 250,000. Life expectancy, or the number of years the average person can expect to live, has been increasing, especially at older ages. For example, in 1990 an individual aged 75 could expect to live another 10.9 years, but in 2005 that projection grew to another 12 years. But are those added years healthy years? What can be done to ensure that North Carolinians age healthily?

Additional Information

NC Medical Journal (69:5)
Language: English
Date: 2008
healthy aging, North Carolina, lifestyle responsibility, cognitive health, physical health

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