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Through the Patient's Eyes: Collaboration between Patients and Health Care Professionals 
The Challenges of an Aging Society
17 Jun - 24 Jun, 1998
 The Social and Political Implications of the Internet

Faculty:
James Birren - Associate Director, Center on Aging, School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles
Robert Butler  
Sally Greengross - President, The National Council on Aging, Age Concern England, London
Ursula Lehr - German Center for Research on Aging , University of Heidelberg, Germany
Richard Leone - President, 20th Century Fund, New York, New York
Myrna Lewis - Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
Richard Suzman - Director, Office of Demography, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland
Mary Ann Tsao  
Shiro Yamasaki - Director, Office of Public Information, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract:
The unprecedented increase in the number and proportion of older persons throughout the world is forcing societies to alter social policies and attitudes about aging and longevity. The first in a three-year series dedicated to aging populations, this session will examine many of the current challenges and opportunities aging populations bring to bear on societies, as well as those that are foreseen for the coming century. With an emphasis on transforming the fears and myths of a potential demographic catastrophe into the triumph of survivorship of an expanding older population, this session will explore how societies might afford the increasing numbers of older persons, given the great economic costs of social protection and healthcare. Discussions will address concerns about a growing stagnation of the economy, a general loss of societal vitality, and potential intergenerational conflicts, all consequent to an increase in the aging population.


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