Prepared in support of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging Optimizing Health in Aging Societies traces the sources of longevity and health gains made in the last 50 years and concludes that similar strategies will not be enough to extend these gains into the future. In addition to medical treatments that target disease, national focus must expand to encompass behavior change aimed at disease prevention. The paper is a call to action to invest in creating the methods and technologies needed to encourage lifestyle changes that will reduce chronic disease and unlock the potential of an aging society.

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