The critical need to promote research of aging and aging-related diseases to improve health and longevity of the elderly population

Kunlin Jin, James W. Simpkins, Xunming Ji, Miriam Leis, Ilia Stambler

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Abstract

Due to the aging of the global population and the derivative increase in aging-related noncommunicable diseases and their economic burden, there is an urgent need to promote research on aging and aging-related diseases as a way to improve healthy and productive longevity for the elderly population. To accomplish this goal, we advocate the following policies: 1) Increasing funding for research and development specifically directed to ameliorate degenerative aging processes and to extend healthy and productive lifespan for the population; 2) Providing a set of incentives for commercial, academic, public and governmental organizations to foster engagement in such research and development; and 3) Establishing and expanding coordination and consultation structures, programs and institutions involved in aging-related research, development and education in academia, industry, public policy agencies and at governmental and supragovernmental levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAging and Disease
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Aging-related diseases
  • Elderly
  • Health
  • Longevity
  • Population

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