Next Avenue: Three visionaries on the future of healthcare for older Americans and how it can be reimagined

by | Jun 15, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. What does the future of healthcare look like for older Americans? What should it look like? It’s clear that it must be accessible and equitable, that we, as a society, must do more to reimagine our current healthcare systems that work for some, but not many. 

As one of our Influencers, Dr. Justin Golub, an associate professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the Columbia University Vangelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York City, told Next Avenue, “Traditionally, healthcare was mostly focused on preserving life and living longer, which is very important. But there is a shift, particularly in older adults, to improving quality of life.” That sentiment was echoed and elaborated on by Nii-Quartelai Quartey who served as AARP’s senior adviser and national LGBTQ liaison in Washington, D.C., until November and is another of this year’s Influencers in Aging. (He’s now a guest lecturer at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.) He dreams of seeing a movement around longevity as a justice issue. That means addressing a person’s entire life experience and ensuring that any adverse childhood events do not go unchecked, because, Quartey says: “Over the course of a lifetime, they really can have a devastating effect on our ability to live a long and prosperous life.” We also need to shift how we talk a …

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