I thought I'd share a few thoughts from the latest Longevity Meme newsletter:
If you can put money away in a retirement fund to improve your future financial status, then you can certainly think about how to work now to improve your future health and longevity. Most people really don't like to think about the unpleasant realities of age-related degeneration - which was no doubt for the best when such things were unavoidable. That is no longer necessarily the case, however. As a society, we have a golden opportunity ahead of us: Medical science, if adequately supported and funded, could soon ameliorate and eventually defeat the degenerative effects of aging.
How soon that happens is up to us. We can stick our heads in the sand and ignore this possibility or we can do just as much for the future of longevity medicine as we are prepared to do to ensure our financial future. Take a little time today to read about the ways in which you can support the future of healthy life extension and real anti-aging medicine. It makes sense.
Thinking realistically about the future is the first step towards realizing what must be done. So think about it - and donate to the Methuselah Mouse Prize, or do your part to help the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence initiative. We can all help to bring about a future that includes real longevity-enhancing medicine - working for a better future isn't just for scientists!