Living Longer and Loving It!
Issue 9, Spring 2001
We introduced ten impressive thought leaders who gave us their hopes for the next 15 years of aging research in the Winter issue of LLLI! We have witnessed incredible research discoveries and medical breakthroughs in the last decade and a half that could fundamentally change the human experience of aging. The speed of medical science, and the enormous benefits it brings, make it important for all of us to have a clear vision of the possibilities ahead.
Dr. S. Robert Levine is a crusader. He likes to say, "Just as 'all politics is local,' all healthcare is personal." After all, who cares more about your health than you do?
At 74, Dr. Robert Butler doesn't think about retiring. He's too busy mobilizing humanity for the Longevity Revolution.
Science in the Spotlight
The role of genetics in determining the quality and length of human life is a million-dollar question right now. Scientists are discovering bits and pieces of the puzzle, but they're still scratching their heads about how it all fits together. What exactly do we know about our genes and how we age? Is health and longevity determined more by genes or lifestyle choices?
Get Mad Before You Get Old!
In biological terms, embryonic stem cells have a virtually unlimited future. Given the right signals, these stem cells can be coaxed to grow into any specialized cells in the human body, from brain cells to heart muscle.
It doesn't happen often, but when it comes to boosting funding for medical research, Republicans and Democrats have found a subject on which they all can agree. This rare bipartisan agreement makes it all the more imperative that Congress accelerate its funding of research on diseases that affect older Americans.