Newsweek May 23, 2024
Howard Kessler

Almost 80,000 Americans will turn 65 this week. That’s not just a lot—it’s record breaking.

Over the next four years, more people in the United States will turn 65 annually than ever before—representing the biggest surge in retirement-age Americans in history. While this colossal uptick will see 4.1 million Americans enter their golden years by the end of 2027, it will also see a massive jump in demand for advanced medical care and enrollments in already-strained programs like Medicare.

To suggest this could get messy is an understatement. As the “peak 65” population unleashes a tidal wave across our healthcare systems, we need to radically rethink the senior healthcare landscape—and we need to do it fast. The Drug...

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