Ahead of the Curve

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The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging

By S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce A. Carnes
toolbox_quest_immortality225S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the University of Chicago and keynote speaker at the Society of Actuaries’ 2016 Life Insurance Conference in Las Vegas, has focused his research on estimates of the upper limits to human longevity. Dr. Olshansky has explored the health and public policy implications associated with individual and population aging; forecasts of the size, survival and age structure of the population; and pursuit of the scientific means to slow aging in people.

In this book, Dr. Olshansky and Carnes—experts on aging—explore the preoccupation of humankind with youth throughout history and present an overview of the aging process, addressing recent advances to enhance longevity.


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TED TALK with Dan Buettner: How to Live to be 100

“The calculus of aging offers us two options: We can live a shorter life with more years of disability, or we can live the longest possible life with the fewest bad years. As my centenarian friends showed me, the choice is largely up to us.” Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author, has explored the world in search of the highest concentration of healthy centenarians.

In this Ted Talk, Buettner shares what he found in what he calls the world’s “Blue Zones,” five places where people live to be 100 and do so with full use of their physical and mental capabilities. Buettner shares nine diet and lifestyle habits common to people who live in these five places.