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.
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.
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…
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?
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 […]
Magazines that are printed on mashed tree pulp (it is an ancient and, some say, fascinating technology) are alway eager to create “covers” that grab the attention of passersby. Here is one I saw as I was walking through the Philly airport yesterday. The cover text reads “Dear Baby Boomers. Just die already. We’ll […]
Life expectancy has dropped by one month according to the latest analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s not a significant change, researchers said, but it does represent a reversal after years of increasing longevity. Meanwhile, mortality rates dropped significantly for five of the 15 leading causes of death, including accidents (3.5 […]
Rounding up a delightful blog post on Interesting Stuff, Ronni Bennett at TGB shares this gem from Carl Jung: FACING THE PROSPECT OF DEATH The quote strikes me as the only way to live in our late years: “In October 1959,” writes Demarco, “Carl Jung was interviewed for the BBCFace to Face programme. He was […]
The people behind Paro the Robot Baby Seal seem to have retained the world’s best public relations firm. They’ve scored stories in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. I don’t get it. Or, maybe, I do get it and I hate admitting the ugly truth. American culture sees aging as primarily a […]
Here’s a question — what does it take to “live a life worth living”? Riches? Health? Beauty? Youth? As the Op-Ed below from The Boston Globe points out, there is much hand-wringing going on in the U.S. regarding our rapidly growing aging population and the potential economic repercussions of a shrinking labor force. Certainly, we […]