Dr. Robert N. Butler is the President and CEO of the International Longevity Center. Whether through his many appearances in front of the United States Congress, or his hundreds of interviews with the media, Dr. Butler has worked tirelessly for decades to push population-aging issues into the public discourse. As a gerontologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Butler recognized discrimination against the elderly as early as 1968, coining the term "ageism." Eight years later, the publication of his Pulitzer-prize-winning "Why Survive? Being Old in America" solidified his reputation as someone who foresaw the impact that aging would have on American society. A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, as well as the nation's first department of geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Butler often consults for television and radio. He is the author of some 300 scientific and medical articles. Source: The International Longevity Center
Question: What's on the horizon?
Robert Butler: Well, if we are able to slow aging and also simultaneously delay the onset of diseases, which looks like it is now within the realm of possibility, we could get rid of or very much delay Alzheimer's disease which is the worst in the inability to recognize one's loved ones, to not be able to think and feel; it is terrible. That would be true of other age related diseases, arthritis, coronary heart disease, all could be delayed as a consequence of new biological research and longevity science.
Recorded on: Mar 17 2008