Walk into a pre-school classroom in America today and Erika Christakis says it’s likely you’ll see some familiar décor: alphabet charts, bar graphs, calendars, and schedules. It’s all part, says the expert in early child education, of a nationwide drive to make sure kids are ready for school at a younger and younger age.
Hospice and palliative care experts say the growing burden of caring for "old old" Americans — those over 85 — is reaching crisis proportions. We talk about elder care and end-of-life decisions, and our persistent inability to acknowledge the unpredictable realities of aging and dying.
- Dr. Joanne Lynn senior scientist at the RAND Corporation
- Dr. Jerald Winakur associate faculty member at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center; he's practiced internal medicine and geriatrics for almost 30 years
- Robin Marantz Henig writer for the New York Times Magazine
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