Helping Our Population Age Better—with Manufacturing

seniors-photo-sportpartie-2-1024x683With aging baby boomers leading the way, older Americans will outnumber children in this country in less than two decades, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections.

Those age 65 and older will overtake the number and percentage of those under age 18 by 2035 as the population of older Americans will more than double, from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. In addition, those age 65 and older are living longer, working longer, and more educated than past generations. Simply put, “boomers will not get old,” as demographer, author, futurist (and boomer himself) Kenneth W. Gronbach has declared.

Baby boomers seeking to stave off their own mortality will create what Gronbach terms “20 years of overwhelming demand for health care” as they age. That’s because boomers, while generally healthier than their parents’ generation, also are more likely to be obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, and be less active than younger age groups, among other health concerns. Although their quest for a fountain of youth may not pan out, boomers and the growing number of older Americans will succeed in helping to reshape healthcare.

By Todd Nelson | MD&DI

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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