What if you live to be 100? Or even longer?


By Nancy Gibbs


Derek Yach, chief health officer at the Vitality Group in New York City, explored the question of whether technology, that immensely powerful, contagious remedy for so many problems, can evolve fast enough to offset the enormous challenges to the environment, the food supply, economic justice and quality of life that could come from a global population that reaches 11 billion. “The decisions we make in the next 10 years or 15 years may be the most important,” he said, “particularly the political and the ethical and the social decisions we make, to protect the ability of older people to age into a society where you are actually able to take full advantage of the technologies.” Thomas de Rosa, CEO of Welltower, focused on wellness, mobility and cognition in maintaining a high quality of life for as long as possible, challenges we explore at greater length in this, our second Longevity issue, edited by Siobhan O’Connor, editorial director of TIME Health.


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