Lately I’ve been in a rabbit hole studying longevity versus quality of life, and comparing performance to basic functional abilities. I’ve been examining the available literature on these topics as well as trying to be an observant human in the midst of every person in my circle existing as a case study.
The research is quite interesting to say the least. There are many observational studies based on various surveys and questionnaires. These are associative in nature and we have to recognize that they represent correlation as opposed to precise causation. And there are some interventional studies using double-blinded, randomized, controlled trials on human subjects which show specific outcomes in a variety of contexts.
I’d like to approach the topic of optimized aging by highlighting some societal perspectives and then rolling into what is nothing more than my opinion (albeit one which is well-supported by a healthy dose of science and common sense).
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