A new analysis conducted by Dana Goldman, Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, published in the Oct. 7, 2013, edition of the journal Health Affairs claims that treating aging produces healthier people and a higher return on heath care research investment than research on single diseases like cancer.
The researchers claim that an investment in aging research would produce 11.7 million more healthy people over the age of 65 by 2060 than cancer research and heart condition research combined.
The scientists note that the greatest improvement in addressing aging first would be the reduction of the number of disabled people over 65 years of age and the costs associated with treating these disabilities and coping with the effects of those disabilities.
The researchers substantiate their claims by noting that lowering the rate of cancer by 25 percent from the present rate would produce zero impact on the health of the United States population over 65 years of age.
The economic benefit of addressing aging first is estimated to be $7.1 trillion over then next fifty years. The results also indicate there will be no reduction in health care spending or the costs of Medicare.