We can live to be at least to age 120 with some luck, calorie restriction and good genes. While many of us here in the US might currently die in our mid-80s, aging may be about to change radically!
Remember even if you are older now, you only need to survive long enough to reach the next milestone life extension breakthrough.
We are making breakthrough discoveries that may allow us to live long enough so that future discoveries – life extensions yet to be discovered- will permit us to live even longer and remain physically strong at the same time. One of the hurdles to overcome has been to make sure that cells that don’t die don’t become cancer cells.
If you have never done so, I recommend you read Aubrey de Grey’s 2007 book, “Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs that Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime”. De Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and chief science officer of SENS Research Foundation. He gave an outstanding TED talk on the topic.
One of the best parts of proposed life extension research are efforts to keep us physically young as well. The results are that aging actually reverses and we grow younger so that we can enjoy that longer life. I’ve had many people ask me why live longer if they can’t enjoy life. I understand. So do the people looking for cures to aging.
Another thought, if we extend our lifespans even an additional 25 years what are we going to do with all the extra people? How can we feed earth’s population as it approaches critical levels (previous article)? We can’t have it both ways. We either need to cut down on our birthrate, or rethink extending our lives much beyond where they are. Of course we can still work on improving our quality of life.
We live in fascinating times. Let’s see what the next few years of discoveries bring.
What are your thoughts on aging? Would you like to be able to live forever?