Sarah Toevs is a faculty member in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University, and directs the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Utah and is actively engaged in creating positive learning experiences for students pursuing gerontology, and in supporting community-based efforts to maximize quality of life for individuals of all ages. Her research interests include a variety of aging related topics including chronic disease management, physical activity, and elder abuse prevention
Are you aware that 10,000 people will turn 65 years of age in the United States every day for the next 19 years? In this podcast, Dr. Toevs discusses the impact of this demographic shift on our American way of life. She examines how changes in the ratio of workers to retirees will impact the sustainability of Social Security and create a drain on resources critical to elder care. Dr. Toevs also discusses the opportunities created by emphasizing prevention, health promotion, and personal responsibility. The findings from her work on intergenerational learning and community-based support are also discussed, as well as an analysis of population demographics.