Book Discussion on The Longevity Revolution
Robert Butler, founder of the National Institute on Aging and author of The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a… read more
Robert Butler, founder of the National Institute on Aging and author of The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life, talked about the geopolitics of aging. Topics included chronic diseases, nutrition and vaccinations, why we need to be concerned about health and aging issues in the developing world, and human rights for older persons. Following his remarks, Dr. Butler answered audience members' questions.
In The Longevity Revolution ((PublicAffairs; March 3, 2008) Dr. Bulter wrote about increasing life expectancy and what it means for each of us. He argued that longevity is not entirely positive, particularly if it is not accompanied by quality of life. He predicted more physical and mental illnesses in the future and discussed the impact of increasing life expectancy on family structure, economics, long-term care, and health care.
Robert Butler, M.D., is president and CEO of the International Longevity Center. In 1975, he became founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, and in 1982 he founded the first department of geriatrics in a U.S. medical school at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is also the author of Why Survive? Being Old in America. close
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