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According to a UN report on aging, the world’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the number of people 60 years or older will exceed the number of young people under age 15 for the first time in history. The effects of population aging are profound and impact everything from economic growth, labor markets, and taxes to healthcare, housing, and family structures.

Simply put, aging is a fact of life. Our parents, grandparents, friends, ourselves: we all will age. Whether we’re able to stay active, healthy, and retain our sense of autonomy as we age, well, that’s another matter. Which is why this question is so pressing: How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age?

This is the latest OpenIDEO design challenge posed by Mayo Clinic and it’s one I encourage you to contribute your creativity to. After all, staying mentally active is key to healthy aging.

What aspects of aging are you most concerned about?

(Posted also on my LinkedIn Thought Leader blog)

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One way to get back to basics in 2013 is to focus on behavior change that positively impacts health. The World Health Organization estimates that in excess of 346 million people worldwide are diabetic and without intervention this number is likely to more than double.

This week, IDEO alums Adrian James and Sean Duffy launched a digital health product designed to help people overcome barriers to better health. Called Prevent, the 16-week personalized program supports people at risk of type 2 diabetes in reaching their daily diet and exercise goals in a group setting. Read the Forbes article about Prevent here: “If This Diabetes Prevention Program Were a Drug, It Could Be a Blockbuster

What’s your favorite behavior change network today?

(posted also on my LinkedIn Thought Leader blog)