BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:09 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The 'Longevity Dividend' — Staying Healthy And Slowly Aging In Our Later Years

Basic sanitation and refrigeration have helped us stay healthier and more active well into our advanced years.
Basic sanitation and refrigeration have helped us stay healthier and more active well into our advanced years.
Credit Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, according to S. Jay Olshansky. Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Olshansky said that eventually the elderly will enjoy a "longevity dividend" — health and economic benefits  that will accrue as science learns how to slow the process of aging.

"The new sex symbols will be post-menopausal women," Olshanskey joked with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Olshansky appeared as part of WGBH's series, You're Not Alone.

Watch a great video Olshansky did on the medical advances that let us live longer.

Also on BPR:

  • Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick stopped by Studio 3 for his monthly chat with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan
  • Alex Beam was the guest for Open Mic. He talked about the assassination of JFK, as well as Massachusetts' quest for casinos in .... Martha's Vineyard?
  • Innovation Hub's Kara Miller talked to Jim and Margery about suburbanites returning to the urban core.

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