What We Know About Human Aging

S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux
S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux

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Humans all over the planet are living longer, but why this is true is often misunderstood. On this program Dr Thad Woodard and Dr S Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, discuss why we are living longer and what this means to research efforts to slow aging and prolong life.

GUESTS:
  • S. Jay Olshansky received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 1984. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The focus of his research to date has been on estimates of the upper limits to human longevity, exploring the health and public policy implications associated with individual and population aging, forecasts of the size, survival, and age structure of the population, pursuit of the scientific means to slow aging in people (The Longevity Dividend), and global implications of the re-emergence of infectious and parasitic diseases.  Dr. Olshansky is on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Aging Research and is the first author of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging (Norton, 2001).

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LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, February 22, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Monday, February 22, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. AKDT

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