School of Professional Studies

Bending the Cost Curve: Successful Aging via Prevention

Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Projected costs for Medicare, although falling short of dire predictions of 5 years ago, still loom as a major threat to our economy. The doubling of the eligible population over the next 16 years makes simple scale-up of current costs unsustainable. New strategies are needed to reduce utilization, while improving population health so that older Americans can remain economically productive longer. Earlier and better preventive interventions, reaching more Americans is an attractive alternative to the chain saw rationing of recent proposals in and out of Congress. We review some of the current evidence for benefit of an array of services that hold promise for achieving better health at lower cost.

Richard Besdine, MD
Professor, Medicine and Health Services Policy and Practice
Director, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research
Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Chief of Geriatrics, Lifespan
First Greer Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Alpert Medical School, Brown University

This event is free and open to the public.

200 Dyer Street, Providence, RI