The Live-Thirty project began with a) me reading about longevity and b) this article outlining how – if you lived another thirty years – you could live forever. I had been reading about longevity and health for some time for my own “boomer based” reasons with some vague notion I might write about the subject.
Think of this as the Baby Boomer’s Guide To Living Forever.
The short form (if you don’t want to read the long article) is that in 30 years, technology and research would be able to reset your physical clock back thirty years.
So if you are 40 chronological/physical now, in 30 years you’d be 70 chronological years old and 70 physical. Your body would be reset to 40 physical. (You’d now be 70 chronological but 40 physical)
In another 30 years, you’d be 100 chronological but have your 70-year old body reset to 40 physical again.
Another 30 and you’d be 130 chronological with (again) a 70 year-old body and have it reset to 40 physical. Ad infinitum.
I got thinking (always a dangerous thing) and wondered how I – as a 68 year old male at the time of writing (March 2017) – could survive thirty years. And wondered how many resources from associated research would become available along the way to ensure I got to 98.
I also decided I wasn’t happy with living forever, I wanted to thrive forever. That’s a qualitative difference that’s important to me and we’ll investigate those differences in this ongoing project.
I decided the safe route was to arrive at 98 in the best shape I could manage and to assume there’d be nothing new between now and that magic date.
The Most Important Point
I also decided that even if the article was dead wrong and no magic cures for aging appeared, I’d live a better life with these steps than without them.
My guess is that if the research on aging develops, it won’t suddenly appear fully developed at the 30-year mark. It will appear in dribs and drabs along the way. So I may only have to wait a few years for something to ensure I hit 30 years or…
The critically important thing is to have a great life, no matter how long it lasts.
Factors I Can Manage
Factors I Can’t Manage But Want To Think About
- Sociological implications
Note that both of the above lists are what I like to call “works in progress” meaning they may change in a heartbeat. Mind you, so might the entire project, he says heartily. (You have to be a Tom Swift fan to “get” that one) 🙂
Links To My Thoughts And Research
Note to readers: over the next few months, this page will link to existing article on this blog that relate to the subjects but it’s easier to do them a bit at a time rather than all at once.
Exercise For Seniors: Better Than Sex. Well, maybe… This title comes from a book I read (listed in the article) pointing out the difference between adults and children when it comes to play. Yeah, you have to read the article to ‘get it’.
How to be stronger in 12 minutes a week. As this article points out, it worked and it didn’t work for me. Your results may vary depending on your age and your fitness level.
I’m now working on Experiment #2 and will get back to you shortly about this.
One of my biggest fears is following a family pattern of Alzheimer’s. So when I started forgetting some things, I was extremely worried. Here’s what I discovered is an increasing problem in knowledge workers or those who spend a great deal of time online and what I did about it.
Let me tell you a story about the exact moment I began to fear aging or to be more precise, became aware of the small voice in the back of my head.