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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on why biological age matters more than chronological age this election in The Washington Post

Feb 26
2020

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on why biological age matters more than chronological age this election in The Washington Post View MoreBACK

On February 24, The Washington Post featured insights from AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD, on the importance of biological age as opposed to chronological age when looking at the 2020 presidential candidate field.

The recent AFAR-published whitepaper, Longevity and Health of US Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election, by board member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, supports Dr. Barzilai’s statements. In the whitepaper, Dr. Olshansky emphasizes the importance of assessing healthspan-- not chronological age—when considering a presidential candidate’s fitness.

Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Scientific Director, a 1994 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient, a 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, a 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner, and the  Director at the Institute for Aging Research and distinguished Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Read the article, “In a historically old presidential field, candidates refuse to release health records,” here.

Read the AFAR-published whitepaper by Dr. Olshansky here.

 





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