Radical Life Extension and Your Retirement Plan

Medical science is rapidly evolving in it’s ability to treat aging as a curable disease. This means in the not too distant future, living to age 120 and beyond will become normal.

Of course we will have to pay for being around longer! For most people recently retired or planning to retire soon, one of the keys to a successful retirement plan is to understand the financial implications of radical life extension. This topic brings up many doubts and hesitations for many if not most people when they first hear about it. But I suggest all of these hesitations are the result of not fully grasping what is being presented by the “stop-aging” proponents.

Several of the leading thinkers in this area (such as Aubrey de Grey, Ray Kurzweil) project that if someone alive today can be around in 15-20 years in a reasonably healthy state, then the advances in medical science that have been developed by that time will be able to deal with aging… first as a treatable illness (repairing accumulated cellular damage in Aubrey de Grey’s model) … and then as a curable condition.  The damage that our faulty biological programming causes is repairable and ultimately fixable!

“Everything that happens to us in aging ultimately stems from a build-up of broken, worn, misplaced, and errant parts of our biological machinery.” from a post by ‘Reason’ on www.fightingaging.org

Just to be clear, we are not talking about keeping near-corpses alive, but rather slowing and reversing the aging processes. In 20 years, an 80 year old person who has taken full advantage of medical interventions, could be as healthy, active as a 25 year old. Still, some people think this is ‘unnatural’ (well, so is getting your cavities filled at the dentist…),  or just creepy (…well, since death has always been the only choice, having another option is bound to seem strange).

If you think this is crazy, or even if you think this is just highly unlikely, I invite you to watch this 18 minute TEDxSF video by Joe Betts-LaCroix, a scientist with a broad science background (at Harvard, CalTech, MIT) who presents in an entertaining, reasonable, step-by-step fashion how we can clearly think about the prospects and desirability of extreme healthy life extension.








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