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Board Members in the News: Steven Austad and S. Jay Olshansky on Health after 70 and the Presidential Candidates

Sep 14
2016

Board Members in the News: Steven Austad and S. Jay Olshansky on Health after 70 and the Presidential Candidates View MoreBACK

On September 12 and September 13th, AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad and Board Member, S. Jay Olshansky lent insights to articles in the New York Post and The New York Times, respectively, on public concerns over the health and age of this year’s presidential candidates.

In the New York Post, Dr. Austad states, “We’re healthier [at 70] now than we ever have been in human history,” however he also notes that “all 20-year-olds are pretty much the same, but [all] 70-year-olds are not” listing socioeconomic status and life style choice as among the distinctive factors.

Likewise, in The New York Times, Dr. Olshansky notes that due to medical advances, society needs to re-evaluate our “concept of old.”  He states, "I don't think age should be used at all, we shouldn't be judging people based on their age, but based on their ideas."

Steven Austad, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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.

For 35 years, AFAR has worked to extend healthspan, the amount of time we are in optimal health as we age.  To improve healthspan, AFAR supports solid science to better understand the biology of aging and how common diseases are influenced by the processes of aging in our bodies.  Learn more about healthy aging here.





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