July 7, 2010

The Passing of Aging Expert and TEM Friend

Talking Eyes Media sadly acknowledges the passing of geriatrics pioneer and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Robert N. Butler, who died on Sunday from leukemia at the age of 83. Dr. Butler was a visionary in the field of aging and longevity, and TEM is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. [Dr. Butler wrote the Preface to Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi's book Aging in America: The Years Ahead, published in 2003.]

In addition to coining the term "ageism," Dr. Butler founded the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, advocated for the aging before Congress and the United Nations, and helped create the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Alzheimer's Disease Association and the International Longevity Center.

He made great contributions as a geriatric researcher, challenged long-held misconceptions about aging, and showed Americans that aging can be a "positive thing" and doesn't have to be feared. Dr. Butler will be remembered with respect and great admiration.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Butler and his accomplishments, please click on the following links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/07/health/research/07butler.html?ref=us