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Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume 2011, Article ID 154246, 4 pages
Review Article

An Anticipatory Geriatric Strategy: To Better Care for Those Americans Not Yet Old

Northampton VA Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Leeds MA 01053, USA

Received 7 May 2011; Revised 5 August 2011; Accepted 6 August 2011

Academic Editor: T. Kostka

Copyright © 2011 Neil J. Nusbaum. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Current US public policy decisions will have impact on national plans to care for the aging American baby boomer population over the next several decades. The recent health care legislative debate has been largely about the structure of health care for those still too young to be covered by Medicare, but the legislation may have important implications for the average rates of accumulating chronic illness and disability in midlife and influence the care needs for that cohort of individuals even after they become elderly.