The number of adults aged 65 and older is dramatically increasing, creating urgent and unmet needs for technologies and environmental support and resulting in high individual and societal costs. By 2030, U.S. older adults will increase from 35 million to 72 million (12% to 20% of the population). By 2035, there will be more Americans over 65 than under 18. Americans 55 and older comprise 28% of the population, yet account for 57% of all health spending. Medicare/Medicaid costs are growing faster than GDP. The longevity economy represents a $7 trillion market (46% of the U.S. economy) that is projected to double by 2032.
Recent advances in aging biology, genomics, nanomaterials, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, data analytics, and behavioral gerontology make it possible to invent personalized technologies to benefit aging adults. ENGAGE is creating a new generation of contextualized technologies, informed by behavioral and social sciences, that proactively promote optimal aging among U.S. adults. We accomplish this goal via a unique partnership including Iowa State University, Arizona State University, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Irvine, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska Omaha, and diverse stakeholders.