This week Katie Couric brings us the latest anti-aging media hype with the hyperbolic headling “There’s No Limit on the Human Lifespan”.
Contrary to long held beliefs that exercise can help slow the aging of muscles, new genetic research out of the UK finds that link “implausible”.
I know I said we would be revealing our new design this week but as you can imagine we’re still working out some bugs and it’s not quite ready to launch. It’s also been an extremely busy week with the big Erickson School Look Who’s Aging conference in Florida so we’ve been very tied up.
However, we’re eager to start accepting submissions from our readers so we’ve posted our new Submissions page and here is a sneak preview of the new ChangingAging homepage.
Why do humans tend to live such a long time? Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can last into their mid-forties in the wild. Yet somewhere in the last six million years, human lifespans have lengthened dramatically, so that living into our seventies is no big surprise.
I’m working on my next book, The Second Crucible, and imagining what it would be like in the immediate future if those who deny aging become the dominant cultural force in our society.
You know who I’m talking about. These are the people who believe that they will never get old. They believe the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is alive today. They believe that aging is a disease, a horrible blight on humanity, and that all we need to do to cure it once and for all is flex our technological prowess.
According to a study released last week by the Mayo Clinic, having a pot belly, even if you are otherwise of normal weight, produces a 2.75 times higher risk of death than being obese.
Even the longest life can be a waste if it’s not brought to its full potential. Even the shortest life is rich and fulfilled if it’s lived well.
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Perhaps the greatest gift of life is the ability to share many its aspects with others. We have communication skills and empathies that can enliven mundane tasks and reinforce the greater joys and tragedies of the human experience. As social beings, we seek out these shared experiences from our earliest infancy to our later golden [...]
Want to live a long time? Who doesn’t? Quite a number of smart people have staked their hopes for long life on restricting their calorie intake. It’s an idea that rests on a not-inconsiderable body of evidence. But some new developments suggest it may be a questionable strategy.
This is pretty incredible. Check out the floor routine Johanna Quass, 86, peformed at the recent Cottbus World Cup in Germany:
I missed this MUST-read op-ed from The Washington Post while I was abroad last week so I am urging all ChangingAging readers to read “Our unrealistic attitudes about death, through a doctor’s eyes” by Minneapolis physician Craig Bowron.
So many elements of this editorial have been echoed on ChangingAging that I don’t know where to begin praising Bowron’s critique of American attitudes and detachment from death and its implications on our approach to aging.
I’ve always said that people who can look at aging sideways do the best job of understanding aging and the role it is meant to play in our lives. I have become acutely aware that the “direct frontal assault” on aging is never a good idea.
That’s why I like this lovely post from a “non-aging-oriented” blog that I stumbled upon.
See what you think:
I’ve got a handful of friends who share the same birthyear: 1918. Now into their 94th years, they first had to survive the scary flu epidemic that ravaged our country at the end of World War I, when they were newborns. They’ve lived through all the…
There have been many studies done across the world to try to find out why some people lead extremely long lives. The primary factors that contribute seem to be common sense: eat more plant-based foods, exercise, reduce stress. But some people have … Continue reading →
For many, the Stock Market Crash of 2008 wiped out most of their retirement savings. For some, working longer past the traditional retirement age is a key to ongoing engagement, community involvement, and mental health. For most, working beyond 65 (o…
Conventional wisdom has us believe that marvelous advances in modern medicine have lead to dramatic extensions of the average human lifespan and that even more dramatic bio/medical advances leading to near immortality are just around the corner.
But do these claims hold up to scrutiny?
How long will my savings need to last? These life-expectancy calculators can give you some answers.
CAUSE MARKETING’S GOLDEN RULE. “Do for others as you would have them do for you.” The Golden Rule. Profoundly simple, yet as difficult to follow as the speed limit or a Charlie Kauffman film. The success of most all public-service campaigns and c…
ESKATON IS A “BLUE ZONE.” Northern Californians could be closer than most to discovering the secret to longevity. “Blue Zone” is the term a National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner uses to describe a handful of aging-friendly locations around …
Patrick Kiger at the SecondAct blog has this excellent review Howard S. Friedman’s and Leslie R. Martin’s new book, The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, which is rocking preconceived notions of what it takes to age well. After analyzing data from the longest longitudinal study ever conducted following children who grew up… Read more →