A collection of seven innovators and thinkers shed light on how we can avoid common problems when aging. Topics from "How we can avoid aging" to "Will a robot care for my mom?" vary in message and approach with a futuristic twist.
Jose Colluci is the practice lead for IDEO's Health group in Boston, with interest in social trends and design for the aging population.
Joseph Coughlin is the founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He was named one of America's 12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and aging by the Wall Street Journal.
Aubrey de Grey
A true maverick Aubrey de Grey, the editor-in-chief of the journal Rejuvenation Science and co-author of the 2007 book Ending Aging, challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition â€”that aging is inevitable. He argues instead that aging is a disease --one that can be cured if it's approached as "an engineering problem." His plan calls for identifying all the components that cause human tissue to age, and designing remedies for each of them â€”forestalling disease and eventually pushing back deathâ€¦providing for an indefinite lifespan. He calls this approach Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).
Robert Kane Pappas
Robert Kane Pappas is the director and writer of "To Age or Not To Age," a film that tracks the pioneers in the field of anti-aging research while addressing some of the moral, religious, practical and economic implications of increased lifespan.
Gregory Stock is founding CEO of Signum Biosciences, which is developing therapeutics for Alzheimer's, best-selling author, biotech entrepreneur and founding director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA's School of Medicine.
Marilyn Jordan Taylor
Architect and urban designer Marilyn Jordan Taylor is known for her passionate involvement in the design of urban projects and civic initiatives, as well as for her exceptional leadership on some of the most complex public and institutional projects around the world.
An expert in using public space and infrastructure to shape urban districts and civic places, Ms. Taylor leads SOM's Urban Design & Planning practice, including such projects as Columbia University's Manhattanville Master Plan, the East River Waterfront Master Plan, the reclamation of Con Ed's East River sites for mixed-use development, the new research building at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and the new urban campus for John Jay College. Ms. Taylor also founded and leads SOM Airports and Transportation, working on U.S. airport projects such as Terminal 4 at JFK, Continental Airlines at Newark, and the expansion of Washington, DC's Dulles International Airport. Her international airport projects include SkyCity at Hong Kong International Airport and the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, as well as the new Terminal 3 at Singapore's Changi Airport. Ms. Taylor's transit work has been equally diverse, ranging from the award-winning Changi Airport Station in Singapore to the Transit-Friendly Land Use Handbook for New Jersey Transit. Her train projects include all 15 intercity rail stations from Washington, DC to Boston. She also led SOM's planning and transportation design for reuse of New York's Farley Post Office as the Moynihan Station.
Arlene Weintraub is the author of Selling the Fountain of Youth, a book about the anti-aging industry. She has over fifteen years of experience writing about healthcare, including the science and business of health.
Aubrey de Grey, chief science officer of the SENS Foundation, claims the key to human longevity is periodic repair and maintenance on the molecular and cellular level, not a magic bullet that slows down the aging process. Advocating what he calls the "maintenance approach," Dr. de Grey compares caring for the human body to preserving an antique car.