Education and the Biology of Aging
Education, Aging…two seemingly unrelated topics, but with more biology in common than may meet the eye…
You may enjoy the most recent editions of two great blog carnivals:
- Carnival of Education, hosted by Joanne Jacobs.
- Hourglass: a carnival of biogerontology, hosted by Chris at Ouroboros. Chris recently launched this blog carnival to provide a home for “bloggers who are writing about biogerontology, lifespan extension technologies, and aging in general.”
Anne writes my favorite post at Existence is Wonderful, linking education/ learning/ nurture with aging.
She first explains that
“Many people use the word “aging” as a shorthand not just for the mere process of getting older (which is not only inevitable for everything in existence, but something to celebrate — “getting older”, after all, means “experiencing more life”!), but for the physical degeneration that occurs as metabolic, immune, and mechanical side effects take hold as a person ages. Personally I find this dual use of the word “aging” terribly confusing”.
And then adds
“We don’t necessarily know what hard limits are on longevity until we optimize care. I saw a dramatic turnaround in my fish when I learned how to properly configure the tank setup, and I hope to see the day when human medicine makes a similar leap in effectiveness”