How to die young at a very old age
Who has heard that term before?
I like it I think it describes the Boomer generation very well unfortunately it’s not meant to describe us but rather to refer to the men and women in their 80s and 90s with brains and memories that seem decades younger!
But we ALL know that a decline in memory and thinking skills is an inevitable part of ageing. But is it really?
I listened to a TED talk given by Nir Barzilaiis a Professor of Medicine and Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Deputy Scientific Director at the American Federation for Ageing Research. He has pioneered breakthrough research on the biology of ageing.
His study says, as we get older we tend to be more susceptible to many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Prof Barzilai suggests that rather than treating each disease separately, the most practical approach is to delay ageing altogether and to help everyone die young at a very old age!
Pretty radical I think you’ll agree.
“We’re living long but we’re not necessarily living well in our older years and so we hope that the SuperAging study can find factors that are modifiable and that we’ll be able to use those to help people live long and live well,” study leader Emily Rogalski, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University’s cognitive neurology and Alzheimer’s disease centre in Chicago, told the Associated Press.
For years, researchers have been fascinated by older people who display unusually low amounts of age-related brain plaque as well as more of the brain mass associated with memory and attention abilities. In addition, memory tests have shown that super agers have the same thinking skills as middle-aged people.
That’s why a new study of super-agers is being launched in an effort to help find ways to protect us from cognitive decline.
Emily Rogalski and other researchers are looking for volunteers — older people free of cognitive decline — for this new study of super agers. So far, more than 400 people have been screened, with about 35 of them chosen. They include a 96-year-old retired neuroscientist and an 81-year-old pack-a-day smoker who drinks a nightly martini, according to the Associated Press.
Go well till the next time
- How to die young at a very old age | Nir Barzilai | TEDxGramercy
- The Huffington Post | By Shelley Emling