Annual Aging Retreat Offers Insight into Economics of Health Costs for Aging Population

Each spring, the Penn Institute on Aging (IOA) hosts an afternoon retreat, pausing to try to pin down a lofty age-related topic. In years past, topics have ranged from vision and bone health to metabolic disorders and healthy brain aging.

This year, the Penn Institute on Aging partnered with the Penn-CMU Roybal P30 Center on Behavioral Economics and Health to present the 2012 retreat, with a focus on “Behavioral Economics and Health for an Aging Population.”

Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark, gave the keynote lecture, highlighting the challenges in medication costs and compliance and the benefits of preventative measures to improve the health of the workforce.

Excerpts from Dr. Brennan’s presentation, as well as the panel discussion that followed, are included below:

The Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging was named in memory of the founding Chair of the Institute on Aging and his unparalleled commitment to older persons and the IOA. The Cohen family and contributors generously support the program in his memory.

Alma Cohen enjoyed the 2012 retreat in memory of her late husband, and is pictured here with Penn Medicine CEO Ralph Muller, Roybal Center director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and Institute on Aging director John Trojanowski, MD, PhD.

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