Health AGEnda

Robert N. Butler, MD: The Original Change AGEnt

Robert N. Butler, MD, made a profound and lasting difference in the field of aging and health.

Robert N. Butler, MD, made a profound and lasting difference in the field of aging and health.

Next week, we will launch the new Change AGEnts initiative  at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting in New Orleans.

And I can’t help but think about Bob Butler. He would have loved the idea because, in the field of aging and health, Bob was the original Change AGEnt.

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Honoring Bob Butler

Photo courtesy of International Longevity Center USA

I was shocked to learn that Bob Butler passed away on July 4th. Although I have been a gerontologist for about 25 years, I never imagined that Dr. Butler could or would die.  Bob has been a presence in my life since I read Why Survive? Growing Old in America in the early eighties.

I had already decided on a career in aging focused on geriatric mental health, so Bob was like a rock star to me.  He was my hero; he had dedicated his life and career to creating a better society for older people, and I planned on doing the same.

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