The John A. Hartford Aging Society Index: Checking In with Jack Rowe, MD

Imagine a tool that could help nations develop smarter policies to address the challenges and opportunities presented by our rapidly aging population.

That is the goal of The John A. Hartford Aging Society Index, currently being developed by the Aging Society Network under the leadership of John W. Rowe, MD.

The Aging Society Index project, approved by The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2015, is working to develop an evidence-based composite measure, or ‘index,’ that describes the capacity of countries to successfully adapt to the world’s aging population.

The index builds on the prior work of a number of prominent interdisciplinary scholars. It will serve both as a guide to the implementation of policies and a tool by which stakeholders can assess their effectiveness over time and across countries.

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