- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230342205
- ISBN-13: 978-0230342200
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy
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“The devastating impact of population aging in the decades to come is becoming like the proverbial weather: everyone is talking about it but no one is doing anything about it. Zhavoronkov starkly sets out the nature and trajectory of this crisis - and then he elaborates what few others have yet described, and no one so expertly: the unique solution to it, namely the development of comprehensive rejuvenation medicine that will restore and maintain the health of the elderly so that they can continue to contribute wealth to society. This book has the potential to define medium-term economic and social policy for the entire industrialized world.” ―Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation
“Alex Zhavoronkov claims that we do not have to age the way all other generations did. Or... possibly... at all? Controversial and assertive, he lays out the case for expanding research into what makes all human beings sink into twilight before a century of life. Shall we adjust social policies for an era of spry oldsters, or even semi-immortals? These matters will roil our arguments for the next five decades. The Ageless Generation presents one side with knowledge and verve.” ―David Brin, bestselling author of Kiln People, Foundation’s Triumph, and many others
“The Ageless Generation addresses the greatest socio-political/scientific challenge of our time. It is provocative, fast paced, and hard to put down. This book should stimulate a lot of thought and hopefully some constructive responses both scientific and in the health care system.” ―Charles Cantor, Chief Scientific Officer, Sequenom, Inc., and Professor Emeritus, Boston University
“Aging is getting interesting! Zhavoronkov provides a concise but thorough view of aging from changing global demographics to the latest research. Importantly, he outlines a point-by-point plan centered around aging research that if realized could solve the aging population problem, create major economic benefits and enhance dramatically the quality of life for elders. Everyone should take heed. The choices we make now will impact us all in the near future.” ―Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., President and CEO, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
“The research of Alex Zhavoronkov paints a picture of frightening reality: that our children might just live to 130. The financial and economic consequences of this cry out for more urgent attention from all sides of society. A huge physchological readjustment in our attitude towards retirement, as we know it, is required for us to start to cope with this new future.” ―Hugh Gallagher, Chairman, International Employee Benefits Association
About the Author
Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, is the director and trustee of the Biogerontology Research Foundation, a think tank supporting aging research worldwide. He heads the laboratory of bioinformatics at the Clinical Research Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, and is involved in the World Federation for Regenerative Medicine and the European Federation for Regenerative Medicine.
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The author goes into great detail about what he believes will happen if our government (and the governments of almost all other wealthy nations) doesn't figure out how to solve the crisis that will occur once we have more retired older Medicare recipients than younger employed workers paying into the system.
I found that I completely agreed with his point of view ... I currently have a grandmother who is experiencing health problems and reliant upon a combination of what was supposed to be excellent health insurance and Medicare, a mom who has just lost several of her doctors once her Medicare began to supplement her health insurance, and a younger brother who is unable to get health insurance and has been denied Medicaid, though he is a poster child for what Medicaid and Social Security - Disability are supposed to help.
I think one of the most useful sections comes towards the end of the book when the author shows you, as an individual healthcare consumer, how to prepare yourself for what could be a very bleak future. (He recommends financial, lifestyle, health, and community involvement ideas that could turn things around, if we all followed through, and could improve the outlook for the next few decades.)
Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the macro societal trends that influence the delivery of healthcare. If you have an interest in aging studies, healthcare technology trends, and/or the healthcare / patient advocacy industry, you'll enjoy this book.