The Future of Aging

I read an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today about aging called “How well you age can depend on you”. Really? I’m being sarcastic. Almost everyone wants to live longer than they’re going to and some people even want to live forever. That got me thinking.

I loosely follow the trials and tribulations of Ray Kurzweil, and now Dr. Terry Grossman. I’ve been reading Kurzweil’s website for years and have recently begun following the work he’s doing with Dr. Grossman.  You should read their bios if you’ve never heard of them. Kurzweil is the premiere technology futurist on earth. His accomplishments are astounding. How that relates to aging is that he wants to live forever, and is doing some seemingly extreme things to make that happen. I’m not going to get into specifics here but if you’re interested, check out the links I’ve provided in this post and others you may find on the Internets of the world.

The mystery of aging is that scientists don’t know why when our cells divide there is a degradation in quality of the split cells. The theory is that if we can reduce the harm done when cells divide we can increase our lifespans. One camp, including Kurzweil, thinks we can significantly increase our life spans . . . and possibly even live forever. Another camps sites that human lifespans have not changed over time. People can live up to 120 years, or so. Life expectancy has increased as we’ve discovered more about how we functions as organisms. So, can we find a way to pass that 120 year barrier permanently and never look back? I wish I had the answer.

The Post article references all that we can do to increase the probability of not only living longer, but living better. I think most people would agree that living ten more years isn’t worth it if we’re sick and broken and miserable.

Ray and the good doctor also have their own line of products – surprise, surprise – but their site also has a questionnaire that’s worth taking. Go here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link. Another site I highly recommend is Real Age. It also has a questionnaire that’s worth taking.

Worker productivity increased at an impressive pace recently. Let’s the not set the bar too high. Take these quizzes right now, at work, and see what you’re doing right, what you’re doing wrong and what you can do to change your life for the better.

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