Gerontology, the study of aging, has received growing interest and increased funding for research within the past few decades due to the growing numbers of our population. Gerontology is an interdisciplinary approach that covers subjects as diverse as “cells to societies.” Both government and publicly funded institutes are studying the science of aging to understand and minimize many diseases that are common to older people.
An article in the Purdue University News points to the need for a holistic approach to the study of aging that includes health, genetics, social relationships, and even personal finance—factors that affect the success or failure of aging well. Studies across multiple disciplines are necessary to understand how an aging population can affect public policy, medicine, and social services.
This space shares current studies and research being done on aging and their possible ramifications for extended wellness and matters of public policy.
Opossums, Hydras and Hummingbirds: What We’re Learning About Aging From Animals, Shots, Health News from NPR
New Tool Measures the Pace of Aging — Technology Networks
Articles / Research
What happens when we all live to 100?, The Atlantic
This Scientist Believes Aging is Optional, Outside magazine (book review of Lifespan by David Sinclair)
Groups / Organizations
Center for Healthy Aging Research, Oregon State University
Calico (Research and development company harnessing advanced technologies to increase understanding of the biology that controls lifespan.)