Aging is one of the great egalitarian acts of life. Due to recent breakthroughs in medical technology and public and self awareness of health issues, however, the so called Anti-Aging Revolution – better defined as a dramatic extension of longevity – has now made the trend of prolonged existence an accepted fact. This phenomenon brings the possible eventuality that the majority of people will continue to experience the trials, tribulations and joys of living up to what some gerontologists believe to be the innate biological limit of a human life. With the removal of today’s premature life-curtailing diseases, this may approach 120 years.
Until recently, aging has always been measured chronologically. But now science has shown we all age at different rates, health experts increasingly talk of a person’s “biological age” and attach as much importance to various measures of health and fitness as to a person’s numerical years.
How do we define being old? Old age may be characterized as reaching the penultimate stage of life, where you can no longer fully enjoy a reasonable quality of life, including independence, due to permanent detracting health conditions. However, with the provision of anti-aging strategies, the modern view is that this stage may be contracted to a very minimal period of time prior to the final onset of morbidity, thus restricting old age into a brief episode of senescence. Up to this point one’s longevity should be extended as far as possible, enabling one to enjoy every aspect of life free of disease. If this is an achievable scenario, then people retiring at the current norm of 60 can look forward to another 20-40 years of enjoyable active retirement. To offset the socio economic effects, social welfare and pension programs will of course need to adjust in order to accommodate increased longevity. For instance, retirement might be a two-step process whereby people opt for semi-retirement for periods of up to ten years or so, prior to finally accepting full retirement. Imagine the wonders, enjoyments and satisfaction you can build into your lifespan given 10-20 active years of extended health and longevity!
Today we expect more out of life and we certainly receive significantly more, as though our positive expectations and attitudes are getting their due rewards. Research has convincingly shown that people who currently achieve extended longevity share “enlightened” lifestyles. Not only do they follow balanced diets and disciplined exercise programs but they also share important common values including – finding life wonderful and full of meaning; being persistently optimistic; considering divinity as sacred, and remaining forever curious about the world around them.
The lessons of the Anti-Aging revolution may give us the opportunity of enjoying longer healthy lives, the elements of which can, with some discipline, be incorporated easily into our lifestyles. What is required?
• Prerequisite awareness – knowledge must be the basis for the formulation of a personalized anti-aging strategy. The required motivation can only be retained if the commitments are based on probable and successful methodologies. This publication aims to provide this knowledge, in an easy to read format, chapter by chapter, with free updated editions scheduled every six months in order to present the very latest technological breakthroughs covering all the...