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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the Ideal Age and Longevity in CBS New York

Jan 22
2018

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the Ideal Age and Longevity in CBS New York View MoreBACK

On January 20th 2018, CBS New York spotlighted AFAR Board Member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award winner S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. in an article examining perceptions on the ideal age and the secret to a long life.


The article, “What’s the secret to a long and happy life?” notes:


“Epidemiologist Dr. Jay Olshansky studies how to slow the biological process of aging, and says the age you prefer depends on what you value.  The average, he says, is 50-years-old. ‘If you value your physical health, everyone will say early 20s, sometimes early 30s,’ he said. ‘If you value your financial security, people will say sometime in your 50s, maybe 60s.’”


Later in the article, Dr. Olshansky notes that the secret to longevity is dependent on a person’s genes. He comments specifically on actress Betty White, who just turned ninety six: “There’s no question it’s genetic…There’s no ambiguity there. The question is precisely what is it in her genes that is allowing her to age at a slower pace biologically.”

Read the full article 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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