Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Preparing for the Old Age Wave: Promising Healthy Aging Plans, Policies, and Programs

Lampenfeld, Nathan (2022) Preparing for the Old Age Wave: Promising Healthy Aging Plans, Policies, and Programs. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

Download (480kB) | Preview


Science, technology, and medicine have advanced so far as to enable aging individuals to live longer lives of greater quality in their waning years. What continues to lag, however, is widespread policy within every state that ensures the ability to age is equitable, affordable, and rewarding for the elders and community alike. By the year 2030, it is projected that 1 in 5 Americans will be aged 65 years or more. Most individuals receiving care outside of a nursing home are receiving care and support from friends or family. This comparative policy analysis provides a basic overview of the trends, implications, and potential threats to Healthy Aging in the coming years. West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi have continued to trail the rest of the US in Healthy Aging. By mimicking model plans, policies, programs from more successful states, the low-preforming states can improve the holistic wellbeing of their seniors and become an exemplar for Healthy Aging. These tailored improvements consider political feasibility, alignment to explicit aging priorities, and a pragmatic focus on populations with greater potential benefit. The predominate limitations and qualms to these propositions are summarized as financial feasibility. However, the data clearly predicts that without investment in the growing elder population, future generations will experience resultant economic burden to a far greater extent. The immediate and long-term benefits of creating a sustainable approach to aging far outweigh the investment cost. Healthy Aging programs will enable older Americans to age with dignity, protect the integrity of our economy, and preserve public health before the crash of the Baby Boomer Age Wave.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lampenfeld, Nathannwl5@pitt.edunwl50000-0001-7594-4549
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDegenholtz, Howard B.howard.degenholtz@pitt.eduhoward.degenholtzUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberAlbert, Stephen M.smalbert@pitt.edusmalbertUNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 29 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 60
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Health, Healthy Aging, Health Policy
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 18:22
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 18:22


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item