The Future of Aging
Co-authored by SE Health and Idea Couture, the Future of Aging book presents answers and opportunities to rich and provocative questions related to aging.
Future of Aging
This book is organized into five chapters. Each chapter highlights a key aspect of the experience of aging, then explores the challenges and opportunities that an individual or organization might encounter when working with older adults to build a better future.
Though each chapter can be read on its own, the book itself represents the richness and complexity of what it means to get older. Together, these chapters reflect a holistic understanding of aging—one in which community, healthcare, technology, identity, and financial well-being are not siloed, but are viewed instead as entangled threads that hold equal importance for building a better future of aging. Each chapter is structured as follows:
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Systemic Perspective
Experiential Insights
Signals of Change
Design Strategies
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Chapter One
Aging and Community
This chapter explores the role that community plays in health and well-being later in life, including health and social systems as well as physical environment.

“The hyperlocal context becomes more important for the vulnerable. For seniors and children, you need the things that will keep [them] well in [their] community and close to home.”
Alexis Wise, Director of Health and Human Services, Sidewalk Labs
Chapter Two
Health Interventions
This chapter discusses some complementary ways of thinking about health and wellness, including ways to reframe aging as a vibrant, vital process to be embraced rather than a problem to overcome.

“[A] mindset emerged alongside the enormous spread of hospitals as 'houses of cure' through the 19th and mid-20th centuries. It is clear why healthcare today still revolves around resisting, curing and eliminating disease.”
Chapter Three
The Promise of Gerontechnology
This chapter challenges past assumptions that adults cannot adapt to new technology and posits that today’s emerging technology provides opportunities to achieve greater independence for people.

“According to a 2017 Pew Research Center Survey, there has been an exponential rise in internet, social media and smartphone usage by older adults in the US, with internet usage in particular seeing [an increase from] 12 per cent to 67 per cent over the last two decades.”
Chapter Four
Economic Contexts
This chapter investigates the widely held logic that the aging workforce will affect labour productivity - including how the concept of productivity itself is defined and understood.

“Many organizations are redefining work for older employees as well, resulting in the growing popularity of new terms like ‘retirement,’ ‘encore career,’ and ‘senior-preneur.”
Chapter Five
Identity
This final chapter covers identity and how older adults do not want to be lumped together or defined by their age. Particularly because such definitions are based on misplaced myths and stereotypes.

“Many older adults will continue to reinvent and recalibrate how they express themselves in harmony with changing circumstances[…]”
The Future Of Aging
The Future of Aging, co-authored by SE Health and Idea Couture, is a comprehensive resource on aging in society. The book's five chapters look at the whole person in the context of; community, health, gerontechnology, economics and identity. Special contributions include an introduction by Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO of SE Health and commentary given by media personality Jeanne Beker.

All proceeds will go to The Saint Elizabeth Foundation and will be used to strengthen community health care. Please visit https://sehc.com/foundation/ to learn more.

Dimensions: 6.14" x 9.21”
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308 pages
At SE Health, our focus is on caring for people in their homes and communities. We were drawn to this work because it reflects our desire to solve the problems people face today, but it is also equally focused on uncovering opportunities for tomorrow.

- Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO, SE Health.
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At SE Health, our focus is on caring for people in their homes and communities. We were drawn to this work because it reflects our desire to solve the problems people face today, but it is also equally focused on uncovering opportunities for tomorrow.   

- Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO, SE Health.
Get the intro for free, written by our President and CEO, Shirlee Sharkey.
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Testimonials
John Gregory
President - Strategy & Digital Communications Consultant Opencity Inc.
"I have no desire to retire. Why can I not be part of a gig economy in my 70s? Those were my immediate reflections on reading Shirlee Sharkey’s eloquent introduction to The Future of Aging.
The authors supremely rose to the task. The Future of Aging is artistic and balanced in its presentation with poignantly researched quotes to complement the text."
Stephen Johnston
Co-founder of Aging 2.0
"The Future of Aging is a much-needed, intensely human book. Technology and the healthcare industry are placed in a supporting role, while individuals’ nuanced stories are brought to life."
Vickie Micallef
(Citizen)
"Age is a state of mind. Keep learning, Keep active, Engage. Life is an adventure, have as many as you can with no repeats. Don't worry about dying. We are born to die. Concentrate on living the best you can every day. How is that. They represent my philosophy."
Lucien Engelen
Fellow - Deloitte Centre for the Edge, CEO - Transform.Health
"A redefining book about traditional warm-hearted seniors care, reinvented for the new 'twenties'"
Marie Johnson
Digital innovator, one of Australia's top 100 influential women (Australia)
"A brilliant and powerful challenge to locked-in ageist mindsets, policies and servicing models."
Frank Kumli
Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, BaselArea.swiss
"This is book provides a much needed « reboot » of the perspective on how society needs to engage with the aging population. It also a reminder of the limits to current approaches to aging.
Innovation for the future of aging will include new policies, services, products, technologies, living spaces, and even approaches to shaping inter-generational communities—all of which will be transformative for the lives of older adults. The potential societal and economic returns from innovation for the future of aging are immense, and therefore need to be prioritized.
A must read!"
Alexis Wise
Director of Health at Sidewalk Labs (New York & Toronto)
"The Future of Aging provides a nuanced, thoughtful and compassionate view of what it means to age with purpose, vitality and dignity. As we look to innovation to improve the experience of aging, this book reminds us that the human experience is core to that work and challenges us to think deeply about what matters to people as they age. Whatever your industry or expertise, there are insights for everyone in the Future of Aging. Congratulations on raising the bar in the global conversation about aging and innovation."
Chris McCarthy
VP Strategy & Design at Hopelab (California)
"A powerful stroll through the changing landscape of what it means to age, signals on where we are headed, and design principles on how to bend the curve of well-being to the positive. It is this last element that makes this book a true stand out."
Maggie Keresteci
Caregiver, Caregiving Advocate
"Through a balanced, and brilliant combination of humanity, evidence, and science the book upends historic perceptions and focuses the reader on the possibility of a new reality for aging. The use of personas breathe life into theory, painting a picture of a new way of thinking about aging. The book resonates because it is grounded in what can be, not in a future state that is unachievable."
Jay Gerhart
Vice President, Consumer Strategy, Innovation Engine, Atrium Health
"I think many types of stakeholders will find this work thought-provoking and useful - policy makers, health care organization leaders, entrepreneurs. However, I think it's meaningful at a personal level as well - as a son or daughter with aging parents, or someone who is starting to think about their own later stages in life. I highly recommend this book to a variety of audiences. It paints a picture of a very hopeful future, breaking through many of the stereotypes present, reframing what it means to age."