Nir Barzilai, MD, founding director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, offers an overview of science and technology that might extend a healthy life span.
Nir Barzilai, MD is the founding director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He addresses the widespread, mistaken assumption that aging and its depredations are inevitable. He states the obvious when he says that living to a great age has always been desirable, but poor health often afflicts people’s final years. The author is confident that contemporary knowledge and expertise may enable people to live longer while remaining healthy and active. He runs down the manifestations of this knowledge and expertise. For example, Barzilai cites new treatments and drugs that identify and may curtail aging’s causes and increase people’s “health span.” He asserts that people should prepare to live healthy lives into their 90s and beyond.
I’m not yet convinced that they will change the face of aging, but I want to make the point that some of the ‘crazy’ things being pursued might be crazy enough to work. Nir Barzilai
Library Journal summed up Dr. Barzilai’s work well when it opined, “a thoughtful take on aging that should be of interest to all concerned with the overlap between health and aging.” And an author plowing the same fields as Dr. Barzilai – David A. Sinclair, PhD – author of Lifespan: Why We Age? and Why We Don’t Have To – said, “Dr. Barzilai is the only person in the world who could have written this remarkable book. Not only is he a world leader in aging research, but he also happens to be one of the best science communicators on the planet.”