As baby boomers continue to increase in age and numbers in the workplace, employers are faced with finding new ways to manage the impact of age-related disease and disability on medical costs. In todays world, employers are likely focused on the best way to treat and care for the prolonged, chronic conditions prevalent in this demographic. Going forward, employers can realize significant shifts in retirement ages and medical costs by focusing on the health of all individuals early on.
Researchers have identified that aging may not be the unchangeable process once thought to be; a new era of aging is on the horizon. Lifespan, a traditional measurement in aging research, is how long we live, from birth. Healthspan is how long we live, with the best possible health. A future focus on increasing healthspan over lifespan can result in better, longer-term health outcomes for individuals, while potentially having a transformational impact on reducing medical costs.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and wellness programs will play a major role in coming years to increase healthspan within the workforce. Tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, and stress are all areas significantly impacting medical costs. A focus on increasing healthspan will include attention to these areas and others associated with productivity loss due to short term disability.
Join us for this presentation to:
- Review the emerging concept of healthspan
- Examine the healthspan longevity dividends available in the form of social, economic, and health benefits
- Learn how to leverage EAPs and wellness programs to transform workforce behaviors at an early stage
- Discover best practices in employee communications to drive EAP and wellness utilization and close the gap between healthspan and lifespan.
- Julius Schillinger, Vice President, Sales & Account Management, MHN
- Denise Kalos, Vice President, Wellness Programs, Buck Institute for Research on Aging