Telomere biology has the potential to extend human life span, to dramatically lower rates of the great remaining killer diseases: heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. All three diseases increase exponentially with age, and their toll will be slashed as we we learn how to address the body’s aging clocks.
Category: Forever Young
Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for yourself, even if it didn’t increase your odds for a long and healthy life. For those who would like to be more active, the trick is to find activities that don’t feel like a chore, but that you enjoy for their own sake. Then, gradually build more of these into your routine. There’s no hurry. There are five kinds of exercise that contribute to retaining a youthful brain and body. Only two of them hurt.
A transcript of a talk given at the recent Radical Life Extension Conference held in the U.S. Capitol on September 22,2013
In this essay I combat the criticism that longer life will stymie the spur of progress, a criticism that grows out of Max Planck’s aphorism that “Science advances one funeral at a time”. I argue that even if Planck’s notion is more true than not, indefinite longevity would not only fail to exasperate this concern, but may very well constitute the very thing that could ameliorate it. Continually-increasing longevity will not sate progress but create it and continuate it, on the scale of both self and society. Life is ecstatic strife, and it’s about time we realized that.
The immune system of older people declines in reliability and efficiency with age, resulting in greater susceptibility to pathology as a consequence of inflammation, for example, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autoreactivity and vaccine failure, as well as an increased vulnerability to infectious disease.
Morris Johnson isn’t your typical longevity researcher, if such a thing can be claimed to exist. Johnson doesn’t have the usual alphabet soup of accreditations following his name, but a childhood epiphany drives his interest in the mastery of human mortality.
Get involved with the Denigma Project, a “Collaborative Resource for Gerontology” and revolutionize aging research.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine are testing the first “brain pacemaker”, a device which provides for deep brain stimulation, for Alzheimer’s patients.