USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angeles is known for research and innovation as well as for being at the forefront of how we can improve our vision of aging worldwide. Here are some exciting and positive predictions from USC:
According to Dean Pinchas Cohen, after successes in genetically tailored cancer treatment, we are on the cusp of exciting new fronts in fighting other diseases of aging with genomic-based personalized interventions. The discovery of microproteins, including those encoded in the smaller mitochondrial genome, has introduced new possibilities for treatments for diabetes, obesity, and more.
Paul Irving is a USC Leonard Davis visiting scholar and senior fellow at the Milken Institute. Mr. Irving speaks and writes about health, productivity, and purpose for older adults; investment and innovation in the longevity economy; the future of retirement; and the changing culture of aging in America and the world. He believes that age-restricted communities, those solely for older adults, are increasingly seen as outdated. They miss the many benefits of vibrant, age-diverse communities. Mr. Irving says that bringing older and younger Americans together enhances the lives of both age groups, and in the mix increases the likelihood of collaboration, mutual understanding, and appreciation. Look for new communities in the future that brings together a diverse population that will benefit everyone.
Professor Sean Curran at USC believes the increased push for personalizing medicine based on individual characteristics will likely one day include nutrition, allowing people to learn what type of diet will best suit their unique needs, including their genetics. Professor Valter Longo says that it’s important that those who are looking to optimize their diet for longevity to work with a healthcare provider who specializes in nutrition to personalize a plan focusing on smaller changes that can be adopted for life.
Professor Kate Wilber at USC leads a team evaluating efforts to expand technology adoption among older adults. She’s also surveying telehealth usage among older adults at home and in skilled nursing facilities. “For older adults facing mobility challenges and loss of social connections, virtual reality and the metaverse could become a key method for staying engaged with their social network and keeping mentally active,” she says.
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