The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Allison Rosen, MD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, on her new study in the American Journal of Public Health documenting quality of life in age expectancy.
“It’s incredibly important to know whether people are not just living longer but living better,” Dr. Rosen told the Globe. “We’d like to know whether health care dollars spent on treating heart attacks or managing depression could increase not only the length of life but also the quality of life.”
In the first-of-its-kind study, Rosen and colleagues found that the average 25-year-old American today can look forward to 2.4 more years of a healthy life than 20 years ago, while a 65-year-old today has gained 1.7 years.
Susan Stewart, researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and David Cutler, professor of economics at Harvard University, worked with Rosen on the paper.