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Aging Institute Reveals 2010 Trends
Date:12/21/2009

Will Scientific Advancements and Healthy Lifestyles Increase Longevity?

Evanston, Ill. (Vocus) December 21, 2009 -- Medical breakthroughs and technological advances – in combination with healthy lifestyles - will help improve the lives of older Americans during 2010, according to the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. These and other positive trends will have a profound effect on the U.S. population of nearly 40 million people who will be over the age 65 in the coming year, MLIA predicts.

The Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging (MLIA) released its 2010 predictions at the close of its tenth anniversary year. MLIA, based in Evanston, IL, focuses on applied research and education for health professionals and providers who serve older adults.

“Our older adult population continues to expand as each year passes, so more focus is being placed on ways to live a longer, healthier life,” said Linda Hollinger Smith, PhD., Vice President, Mather LifeWays Institute On Aging. “Progress on extending human life, either through genetic research or living a healthier lifestyle, will be one the top trends older Americans will witness next year.”

Hollinger-Smith said that in 2010, not only will there be more Americans over the age of 65, but the number of those 85 and older will increase as well. “A decade ago, reaching the age of 85 was considered very old. Now it’s more the norm. Next year, 14.4 percent of the age 65+ population -- 5.7 million individuals -- will be over age 85,” explained Hollinger-Smith.

Among the top 2010 trends identified by MLIA are:

1.   Scientific breakthroughs will demonstrate that healthy lifestyles can actually r
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