Aging Forward

A New Path for Health, Technology, and Community

By David M. Dunkelman, J.D., M.S., and Martha Dunkelman, Ph.D.

ISBN 978-1-956801-03-3
approx. 272 pages
6 x 9 paperback
© May 2023


Available on backorder

Product Description

America has an aging challenge. As baby boomers enter advanced age, the shortfalls of our current systems are increasingly clearer, and if nothing changes, we are woefully unprepared for a world with more older adults than ever before. Aging Forward confronts this reality and presents a vision for the future that will spark discussion, innovation, and change.

Delving into the aging phenomenon, this book describes the many substantial shortfalls in how aging services are delivered in contemporary America—from the perspectives of government, public health, business, culture, family, and individual concerns. Describing how our aging demographic has outgrown the traditional medical/institutional approach to caring for elders, it argues for reframing our thinking and rebuilding our service infrastructure around the management of chronic conditions rather than acute medical care. Focusing on data-driven technology and communication can allow a team of professionals to support any aging individual so that he/she can remain within the community and only visit “care institutions” for acute medical needs. The focus is on finding better ways to help older adults achieve and maintain a continuing sense of well-being—or benescence—that is achieved through more effective services and policies.

This vision requires a radical change in every sector of society, but Aging Forward shows it is possible, as demonstrated in businesses and technologies that have successfully accomplished similar transformations in a very short time. The shift is already happening before our eyes, but under the radar. Aging Forward brings it to the forefront to help supercharge the future of aging.

Format: E-book
e-ISBN 978-1-956801-04-0

Details coming soon!


Section I: How We Got Here

  1. The New Scale of Aging
  2. Where Are All the Older Adults?
  3. Aging Care in the Present: A Holdover from the Industrial Age
  4. Attempting to Address the Problem: The New Home
  5. Dealing with Governmental Bureaucracy
  6. Confronting the Care System for Older Adults in the United States
  7. Care for Older Adults Meets the Changing World

Section II: What is Really Happening

  1. Benescence: The Chronic State of Well Being
  2. Delivering and Paying for the State of Benescence
  3. The Law of Interchangeable Interventions

Section III: Our Future Aging Experience

  1. We’re Not Bankrupt: The Law of Interchangeable Interventions as a Lens to See the Future of Aging
  2. Business Enters the Stage
  3. The New World of Aging
  4. Government Aging Policy
  5. Aging Revealed
  6. The New Aging at Home in the Neighborhood

Coming soon!

David Dunkelman, M.S., J.D.

Upon graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, David Dunkelman, M.S., J.D., traveled around the world for year, hitchhiking and using public transportation, visiting 26 countries and three war zones, and observing many ways that people live and die. He left the United States an angry young man and returned a patriot after seeing how so many other societies functioned. After graduating from Temple University School of Law, he helped his family’s apparel company grow to an organization that distributed to 5,000 retailers nationally. The company closed when computers suddenly disrupted the nation’s centuries-old clothing supply chain, an ominous preview to what would also happen to aging in America.

Dunkelman then completed a master’s degree from the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas. After two internships he moved to Buffalo, NY, where for 30 years he was the founding President and CEO of one of the nation’s largest and most multifaceted campuses for older people. The campus was the first organization for older people to be a winner of the national Peter F. Drucker Award for Innovation in Nonprofit Management.

Among his many individual awards are the Community Leadership Award from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Buffalo, NY (2013) and the Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award, for “lifetime contributions to the field of aging,” presented by the Western New York Network in Aging, Inc. (2007).

Using creative problem-solving techniques developed at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dunkelman has consulted nationally with more than 25 communities, helping them to develop strategic approaches to facility and programmatic design for older people. He writes and speaks about aging in America.

Martha Dunkelman, Ph.D.

Martha Dunkelman, Ph.D., is a writer and editor who has written numerous articles, reviews, and brochures, as well as serving as book editor for an online periodical. She has also written and edited materials for the Educational Testing Service and the College Board. She credits her father, Dr. Maurice Levine, with teaching her to write in her teenage years, when she was not always the most willing student.

After graduating from Wellesley College, she received a Ph.D. from New York University under the wise and kind guidance of H. W. Janson and spent many years in teaching and administration as a professor at Wright State University, the University at Buffalo, and Canisius College.

She learned about the care of older people from decades of bearing witness to the struggles and achievements of her husband David.

1 review for Aging Forward

  1. HPP Admin

    “David and Martha Dunkelman’s important book about aging affects every American by addressing this critical question: How can more Americans age in health and dignity in their own homes or in places designed better to meet their needs for care and community? I hope their experiences and thoughtful recommendations will be read and followed by both policy makers and concerned citizens, who can use their ideas to implement changes we all know we need.”
    -Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State

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