In recent years, most professionals in the field of aging have witnessed how unprepared the United States is for the demographic deluge just around the corner, as boomers become elders. Age-boom watchers have seen how much this country needs to develop a new way of understanding aging. Consider the following challenges:
* Medicare, Social Security and long-term care systems are confronted by the swell of the aging boomers.
* The new "retirement" looks nothing like aging as we have known it. Boomers want a much more enriched, engaged second half of life.
* Biotechnology is creating a future of brand-new life-extending and life-enhancing developments in medicine and …