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Today, one third of American seniors have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia when they die, a trend which will result in $226 billion in medical spending in 2015 alone. These costs are likely to expand with the aging baby boom generation and ballooning medical expenses. The Atlantic examined the social, financial and scientific challenges that treating—and ultimately curing—Alzheimer's disease poses to American society.
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9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks
- Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
9:15 a.m. Leading the Fight: A Conversation with the Alzheimer’s Association
Sponsor Session from the Alzheimer’s Association
- Harry Johns, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association
- With Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour
- Laurie Ryan, Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch, National Institute on Aging
- Richard Mohs, Vice President for Neuroscience Clinical Development, Eli Lilly and Company
- With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
10:10 a.m. The Caregiving Experience
- Tiffany Stanley, Young Caregiver and Contributing Writer, National Journal
- Dwayne Hughes, Alzheimer’s Caregiver
- With Mary Louise Kelly
10:30 a.m. The View from the Senate
- Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL
- Senator Susan Collins, R-ME
- With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks
- Margaret Low Smith
Fifteen Years Later:
Are We Any Safer?
The Atlantic will explore the nation’s homeland security to examine the strengths and remaining vulnerabilities of our security apparatus and our preparedness to prevent the next terrorist attack.
The New Old Age
Since the turn of the 20th century, average life expectancy has been rising steadily. In the United States, we can now expect to live an average of three decades longer than our great-grandparents. As we collectively age, our societal understandings of the rhythms of an average lifespan have been slow to adapt. With nearly 10,000 baby boomers moving into retirement every day, The Atlantic will examine the shape of the new old age and its impact on society.