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…