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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the Perceptions of the Perfect Age in the Wall Street Journal

Jan 19
2018

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the Perceptions of the Perfect Age in the Wall Street Journal View MoreBACK

On January 13, 2018, the Wall Street Journal featured AFAR Board Member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award winner S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. in an article examining perceptions of the perfect age for self-fulfillment, health, and vitality.

Dr. Olshansky lends perspectives on the relationship between physical health and well-being as we grow older.

The article, What is the Perfect Age? notes: “Dr. Olshansky, an epidemiologist, is researching ways to slow down the process of aging, by studying things like the genetics of long-lived individuals. ‘If you had a pill that could stop biological aging in its tracks, when would you take it?’ asks Dr. Olshansky, a professor at UIC School of Public Health in Chicago.”

Later, the article notes: “Researchers like Dr. Olshansky are trying to understand the mysteries of longevity and at what ages we feel our best and why. They measure worry and stress levels at different times in our life and peak years for having fun, the hope being that if people reach satisfaction with life at a certain age, they might have advice for the rest of us. Such exploration in the world of science and health is putting a more concrete focus on the seemingly inscrutable question of the perfect age.”
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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