10 articles

The Ultimate Gift

One UPSer explains how his personal experience with organ and tissue donation turned into a professional passion.

My father was 67 when he passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest in 2009. He was healthy and had no apparent health issues so the news of his passing came as quite a shock to our family. We experienced many dark days grieving and struggling to make sense of it all … that is, until […]

Age Matters

By changing how we care for our elders, we can change the world for generations to come.

Most people today can expect to live into their 70s and beyond. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, within the next 15 years, the world will have close to a billion people over the age of 65. People aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of 5 sometime before 2020. Our health and wellness lie […]

“Time for Business to Step Up”

World-changing forces threatening our people and our planet demand a strong and urgent response. The job is one uniquely suited to business.

As valuable as different perspectives are in any meaningful discussion, there has never been a greater need to see the world through a common lens. That’s because we have never been subject to more world-changing forces coming at us from more directions and at greater speed. Everything from connecting technology to diminishing resources, from diverging […]

Healthcare’s Internet of Things

Can connected technologies help care for people everywhere?

The world is on the cusp of a transformation in which data, devices, and applications will connect patients and caregivers seamlessly and securely. This transformation will empower people to maintain their health and manage chronic illness through continuous, unobtrusive monitoring. It will increase efficiency across the care continuum and enable the collection and integration of […]

Healthcare’s Fountain of Youth

The medical revolution is creating the prospect of much longer-- and healthier --lives. But achieving the full benefits requires better logistics.

Undeniably, aging populations, chronic diseases and ongoing constraints on public finances are presenting significant challenges to healthcare systems in Europe. The European Steering Group (ESG) on sustainable healthcare recently noted that to achieve sustainability of healthcare systems, a fundamental transformation is needed “from acute care to chronic care, from hospital dependency to integrated care across […]

The Graying of the Emerging Economies

Will demographics crimp growth?

Population aging is often cited as a major economic challenge for the developed world. But a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) shows that shifting demographics pose an even greater threat to the growth prospects of many emerging economies. Over the last 50 years, the world’s 1.6% annual population growth fueled a surging […]

The Glory Days of Transportation

Will the sharing economy keep an older America on the move?

The nation’s largest gathering of transportation thinkers, the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board, was just held in Washington, DC. A nascent topic, that was discussed more in the hallways, than in symposium rooms was the impact of the sharing economy. After nearly three decades of attendance I have observed that innovation in transportation, or any […]

Living in an Aging World

Cities need to adjust policies and rethink resources to support an aging demographic.

The world’s top 750 cities will experience profound demographic shifts over the next 15 years. For one, the world will be urbanizing rapidly: by 2030, the populations of these leading cities will increase by an estimated 410 million. What’s more, the changes in birth rates and the longer life spans will have a transformative effect […]

The Geography of Aging

How the aging population is facing challenges across the globe.

Being busy with everyday life many of us, including myself, do not spend much time thinking how our lives will look like in 20 or 30 years. However, when I travel to the countries I work on, I see the challenges faced by the elderly, especially in rural areas. These challenges include poor access to […]

Disruptive Demographics

Joe Coughlin, director of MIT AgeLab, discusses the future of healthcare and aging.

Humorist and social commentator Andy Rooney once said: “… the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” Today, it’s not just individuals who hear the ticking of the biological clock. It’s entire nations. In ways unseen in history, the graying of humanity is […]