Tom Brokaw and others discuss senior health

Bryan Aldrige

October 26, 2010

At a recent panel at Stanford University in California, journalist Tom Brokaw, retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor and four others gathered to discuss the issues that will face the United States as the population ages, The Stanford Daily reports.

"We've reached a historical point where three, four, five and conceivably six generations may be alive at the same time," director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Laura Carstensen said, according to the news source. "Imagine being born into a family where you have a complement of not only your parents, but also your grandparents, great-grandparents and maybe even great-great-grandparents."

One of the most important topics that the panel discussed was the issue of Alzheimer's, which O'Connor claimed would affect one in two adults over the age of 80 and had to be addressed as a condition that will affect families across the country.

The strain on the healthcare system from aging boomers was identified as another difficulty, and Standford University President John Hennessy likened senior obesity to smoking, saying that it was a health problem that would have significant implications for the country's medical budget.

Those who are looking to age in place, and live safely and independently, may want to invest in a senior alert system. This medical alarm can help avert expensive trips or stays to the hospital, and allows older adults to instantly contact physicians in the case of an emergency.

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