Long life in the 21st Century – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Experts stress the importance of advances and discoveries from early to very late in life. Dr. Laura Carstensen from the Stanford Center on Longevity says one of the most pressing needs of the modern world is the development of what she calls "longevity science."
Carstensen: What we’ve really done so far in the history of science is to think about, attack, and solve problems of people 50 and younger. It’s really been all about solving acute diseases, improving infant health, reducing second heart attacks in middle aged people. We’ve really done a lot and come far there.
Narrator: Speaking at an NIH lecture, Carstensen called for a culture that uses added years to improve quality of life at all ages. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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