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Board Members in the News: Nir Barzilai and S. Jay Olshansky on positive impact  of older  2020 presidential candidates in NBC News THINK

Oct 17
2019

Board Members in the News: Nir Barzilai and S. Jay Olshansky on positive impact of older 2020 presidential candidates in NBC News THINK View MoreBACK

On October 11, 2019, NBC News THINK published an opinion piece co-authored by AFAR experts Nir Barzilai, MD, and S. Jay Olshanksy, PhD, on why health matter more than age when considering a presidential candidate, citing the research-backed AFAR whitepaper by Dr. Olshansky. The experts argue that older candidates reflect a positive societal shift as more Americans are living healthier for longer.

Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Deputy 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.

Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award recipient. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Chief Scientist at Lapetus Solutions, Inc.

Read the article, “Bernie Sanders’ heart attack raises questions about candidates’ ages. Here’s what the experts say,” here.

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





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