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It’s Not About Dying at a Very Ripe Old Age; It’s About Preserving the Quality of Life as We Grow Old

dying old age quality life new year senior fall liver foodsWASHINGTON, DC – “We live in a brave new world– an age of scientific shock and awe dominated by wonders that will never cease. Take the well-funded projects that seek to extend human life. One scientist, Aubrey de Grey, a gerontologist, no less, is convinced that people can live longer than anyone has ever imagined — as long as 1,000 years,” according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

De Grey may well be off-base with his prediction; he certainly has his detractors.  The Week, a news magazine with U.K. and the U.S. circulations, reports that at least 28 aging experts have expressed doubts about de Grey’s theories.  One of them, Professor Richard Miller of the University of Michigan, an expert on the genetics of aging, called de Grey’s life-span goal “so far from plausible that it commands no respect at all within the informed scientific community.”

But, says Robert Charles, National Spokesman for AMAC, “it’s not about dying at a very ripe old age; it’s about preserving the quality of life as we age.  And so, if his true goal is to ease aches, pain and disease as we grow older, than it is worthy of support. ”

Charles says Dr. de Grey’s prediction that man can live for as long as ten centuries appears to be a way to make the point that we should not be hampered by the infirmities of old age.  “Dr. de Grey is a controversial figure in the scientific world, indeed, but he does not appear to be a crackpot.  He has the bona fides to make bold prophecies.  He’s the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, a peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging.”

It should be noted that there are others seeking a so-called “solution for aging.”  The mega-tech company, Google, in fact has put up $1.5 billion to achieve that goal.

Intervention is what de Grey is all about but the idea that science might be able to create a world where human lifespans might be extended for so long is what makes headlines, Charles explains.

As de Grey put it in an interview with the U.S. edition of The Guardian: “Basically, the body does have a vast amount of inbuilt anti-ageing machinery; it’s just not 100% comprehensive, so it allows a small number of different types of molecular and cellular damage to happen and accumulate. The body does try as hard as it can to fight these things but it is a losing battle. So we are not going to be able to do anything significant about ageing without hi-tech intervention – which is what I’m working on.”

He and his colleagues at the SENS Research Foundation say they are targeting seven basic ways the body breaks down as we age and the stuff that weakens our bodies in our later years.  They are researching techniques such as “biohacking” to prevent cell degeneration and ways to allow the body, itself, to remove damaged cells.  They also hope to identify methods, including pharmaceuticals, that might turn off the body’s aging process.

“God bless them if they succeed.  Aging without growing pains would be a blessing for the fastest growing segment of America’s population — senior citizens — even if we only get to live to a mere 100 years,” says Charles, an advocate for those of us getting along in years.

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John Karkalis
1 year ago

I don’t see this as question of who, Democrat or Republican, controls the mechanism of longevity, but rather one of human self-absorption and narcissism.
We have the grotesque spectacle of humans being placed in liquid nitrogen, frozen for what? a future resurrection?
Addressing pain, treating debilitating conditions, curing catastrophic childhood diseases? Fine. Commendable.
I have not entirely made up my mind on life termination, yet it is noted that all the emphasis is placed on EXTENDING life, not preventing the taking of life of the unborn.
Am I missing something here?

1 year ago

It sounds like the theme is “kill the babies and let the old folks live forever”. It seems to me that people fear death. They only look at the outward appearance of one another; so self absorbed.

Roxanne Seigel
1 year ago

Having worked for a prominent hospice in NJ, I know all too well the message is indeed quality of life as we age. All of us will succumb to the inevitable, but we have the power to do so with dignity, free of pain, and with the hope to make the best of the time we have as we approach our final months or weeks if we are given that opportunity.

1 year ago
Reply to  Roxanne Seigel

Good to see a positive message from one who knows. Thank you for posting.

The Freezing Senior
1 year ago

You had better pray that the DEMOCRATS never get their hand on the levers
of power again because if they do you won’t have to worry about living to a ripe old age.
They have no problem whatsoever with MURDERING babies and the same will hold
true with the elderly, especially those who are sick or otherwise infirm.

GBA/KAG #TRUMP2020 – Deus Vult !

1 year ago

The choices under any future Democrat administration for most of the seriously ill elderly will either be a cheap pain pill or forced euthanasia. Whichever the administration whim dictates. Of course they will say “it is for the greater good” as they always do.

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