Last year, the minds at Life Extension® and a host of other scientific and medical research organizations came together to produce The Future of Aging—Pathways to Human Life Extension. This project is more than just a guidebook: it can be taken as a visionary blueprint for extending our life span and redefining our place in a radically transformed society, as predicted by the best brains in the science of aging.
Aging research (biogerentology) has seen staggering exponential advances in the last decade, but the contributors to The Future of Aging have come together for the first time in a single volume to make the convincing case that we are still in the beginning stages, and indeed the best is yet to come. They assert that we are in the midst of a crucial period in the study of aging: millions of post-World War II baby boomers are about to enter the American long-term health care system, and the economic costs could potentially cripple an already severely strained economy. Accordingly, this guide is not only indispensable; the timing for it has never been more urgent.
Taken as a whole, the visions described here represent just a fraction of alternate pathways toward the goal of extending human life, with each method showing equal promise. As with most plans, one step may be inextricably interlinked with another, so that several interventions work in tandem. “Truly effective intervention into aging is likely to require a multiplicity of interventive strategies, and this will remain a significant challenge for some time,” says editor Gregory M Fahy.
There is no question that we are learning how to intervene in the process, and that process is accelerating. In the prophetic words of the contributors, the future of aging will begin to arrive sooner than we think.