First up is this article from Tech Radar about how wearables are 'helping our elderly loved ones' to live happier and healthier lives. They look at five different pieces of tech addressing issues such as falls or learning what it's like to experience the conditions associated with ageing.
Some devices can remind wearers to take their medicines, or alert loved ones to unusual patterns of activity, while others offer more radical protection for those with conditions like peripheral neuropathy through a wearable airbag. There's even an 'ageing suit' that can help build empathy with those experiencing conditions associated with ageing.
As the article says, growing older isn't something you can fully understand until you live it yourself, but if articles like this are anything to go by there are people out there trying to bridge that gap in understanding, while trying to make the lives of those living it more comfortable and independent.
This recent article from the Guardian about a new approach to housing in the US caught our eye, where multiple generations are living together yet independently, in purpose built homes. It offers a compelling vision of a more integrated family dynamic that recognises the financial constraints of housing, the need for personal space and the emotional benefits of having your family nearby. It assumes of course that all families would want to live that close to one another, but if we are all to start living to say 500, then we may not have a choice…
Who wants to live forever?
According to this recent article in the Telegraph, biotechnologist Dr Alex Zhavoronkov believes that science can solve the 'problem' of ageing, and through trials he has been carrying out on himself could soon deliver a human lifespan lasting as long as 500 years.
"Ageing is the most pressing problem facing mankind," says Dr Zhavoronkov, and to tackle it he is working on a range of drugs that apparently "have powers of age prevention and even, in some instances, rejuvenation."
500 makes for an eye catching headline for sure and this is of course a hypothetical scenario (for now), but if we are struggling to care for and house our ageing populations as it is then who knows how big multi-generational houses would have to be to cater for families spanning countless generations.
We'll keep you up to date with Dr Zhavoronkov's progress, as well as other inspirational stories we find in the world of Agile Ageing, but if you haven't already then why not join our Agile Ageing discussion group where inspiring individuals and experts are sharing their thoughts on how we can age better today to live happier, fulfilled lives tomorrow.
And last but not least we wanted to give a voice to scientist Carl Sagan about the pale blue dot of our diverse world in the diverse cosmos and his 'scaling' views on human kind longevity, back on the front line in today's news!
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