Dr. Robert N. Butler is the President and CEO of the International Longevity Center. Whether through his many appearances in front of the United States Congress, or his hundreds of interviews with the media, Dr. Butler has worked tirelessly for decades to push population-aging issues into the public discourse. As a gerontologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Butler recognized discrimination against the elderly as early as 1968, coining the term "ageism." Eight years later, the publication of his Pulitzer-prize-winning "Why Survive? Being Old in America" solidified his reputation as someone who foresaw the impact that aging would have on American society. A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, as well as the nation's first department of geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Butler often consults for television and radio. He is the author of some 300 scientific and medical articles. Source: The International Longevity Center
These things balance themselves out, Butler says.
If an older person is capable and functioning, why not let him or her run?
We shouldn't just leave old people alone, Butler says.
Only one in ten nursing homes is up to Federal standards, Butler says.
We can do a lot more, Butler says, with outpatient care.
We are not prepared financially, Butler says.
Healthy older people are productive citizens longer.
Muscle mass does not substitute for muscle function, Butler says.
Butler is excited by the possibility that we could eliminate Alzheimer's.
Not only does alcohol have a negative impact on the brain, it is also highly associated with domestic abuse, child abuse and motor fatalities.