Pursuing a ‘Longevity Dividend’

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One book to consider adding to your summer reading list is “Longevity Rules: How to Age Well Into the Future,” which was published in May by Eskaton, a Carmichael, Calif.-based provider of community living and home-based support.

The book contains 34 essays written by some of the nation’s leading experts on longevity, including Dr. Robert N. Butler, the founding director of the National Institute on Aging who founded the first department of geriatrics in a U.S. medical school at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, N.Y.

“The science of aging has the potential to produce what I and others refer to as a ‘Longevity Dividend’ in the form of social, economic, and health bonuses for both individuals and entire populations––dividend that would begin with generations currently alive and continue for all that follow,” Dr. Butler writes in his essay. “We contend that conditions are ripe today for the aggressive pursuit of the Longevity Dividend by seeking the technical means to intervene in the biological processes of aging in our species, and by ensuring that the resulting interventions become widely available.”

For example, he notes that a 40% extension of disease-free lifespan has already been achieved in various genomic and regenerative science studies with mice and rats. “If we succeed in slowing [human] aging by 7 years, the age-specific risk of death, frailty, and disability will be reduced by approximately half at every age,” writes Dr. Butler, a gerontologist and psychiatrist who is president and CEO of the International Longevity Center. “People who reach the age of 50 in the future would have the health profile and disease risk of today’s 43-year-olds; those aged 60 would resemble current 53-year-olds, and so on.”

“Longevity Rules” is available at Amazon or by phoning 866-375-2866.

— Doug Brunk (on Twitter@dougbrunk)

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