HOW TO LIVE TO BE 100!

(or MORE IMPORTANTLY, how to live EACH day HAPPIER and HEALTHIER)

by Robert S. Stall, M.D.

(at "Planning For the Second Half of Your Life", Temple Beth El Brotherhood Educational Seminar at the Amherst Jewish Center, October 27, 1996)

Demographics/Statistics

Life expectancy in U.S. at birth in 1920: males 53.6, females 54.6; life expectancy at birth in 1990: males 71.8, females 78.8.

Four percent of U.S. population in 1900 was 65 years or older, compared to 13% currently and 20% projected by the year 2030.

In Erie County, NY, 15.2% of the total population (from 1990 census) and 19.5% of the Jewish population (from 1995 Goldhaber study) is 65 or over.

3.8 million people in the U.S. today are 85 or over; by the year 2030, this age group will grow to 9 million people.

A man 75 years old today can expect to live until 85; a woman can expect to live until 87.

A man 85 years old today can expect to live until 90; a woman can expect to live until 92.

Key Principles In the Care of Older Adults

Click here for more on "Key Principles..."

Sudden Change Comes From Sudden Problems.

Gradual Decline May Not Mean Alzheimer's Has Set In.

Medication Use In Older Adults Is a Major Drug Problem In America.

Agist Attitudes Are Common and Can Be Harmful.

Things to Remember

There is always SOMETHING that can be done to relieve dis-EASE.

Think about the 95 year old woman with pain in her right knee but none in her left!
(The pain can't be ONLY from getting old!)

Resources

Dr. Stall's World Wide Web Home Page (Dedicated to Geriatric & Hospice Care)
http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~drstall/

Administration on Aging Home Page
http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/

Working With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook
(Share it with your doctor! Available free from the National Institute on Aging--800 222-2225)

The American Geriatrics Society's Complete Guide to Aging and Health
(494 pages--$40-- 800 677-9944)

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics
($25--try Barnes & Noble, Borders, Media Play)

Feel free to contact me by phone (716 636-7531) or E-mail (drstall@acsu.buffalo.edu) if you have any questions!

Dr. Stall's Signature

This page Copyright 1996 Robert S. Stall, M.D. [Posted 11/13/96]