Robert Butler
President & CEO, International Longevity Center

Re: How does America treat its elderly compared to the rest of the world?

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The problem if ageism is worldwide, says Butler.

Robert Butler

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


Question: How does America treat its elderly compared to the rest of the world?

Robert Butler: The problem of ageism is worldwide. It is not exclusively in America, but we do have stronger sense of social protection in most of Europe than we do in the United States. Unfortunately, we just haven’t gotten there. We have social security, but it is very modest in the way of financial, actual financial provision and we don’t have quite as generous a system as we do in all of Western Europe and Japan.

Recorded on: Mar 17 2008