Basic sanitation and refrigeration have helped us stay healthier and more active well into our advanced years.

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

November 14, 2013

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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