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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on Age, Health, and the Presidency in the Washington Examiner

Jan 10
2018

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on Age, Health, and the Presidency in the Washington Examiner View MoreBACK

On January 2, 2018, the Washington Examiner featured insights by AFAR Board Member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award winner S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. in an article examining the increased interest in President Trump’s physical health.

The article, "Trump’s medical exam will disappoint critics. Here’s why” notes:

S. Jay Olshansky from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a leading researcher on aging, warned against drawing conclusions about people's expected lifespan just because of the way they eat, pointing to billionaire Warren Buffett, 87, who has a fast-food diet.

"The science tells us there are some people who are not susceptible to diet and other harmful behavioral risk factors, and he might be one of them," Dr. Olshansky said.

He also cautioned against determining people are unable to do their jobs based on age, saying that while the risks of having ailments rises as people get older it "doesn't mean they can't do their jobs or live their lives normally."

Read the full article here, and explore a New York Post article in which Dr. Olshanksy and AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD, lend insights on the presidential candidates’ ages and health here.

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S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, is 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.  Learn more about Dr. Olshansky’s work and accomplishments here.





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