Aging is a progressive and cumulative deterioration of the physiological functioning of life. Over the last several decades, an increasing understanding of the causes of aging has been shedding light on prospects for lifespan extension. In addition, development of biotechnological techniques has made intervention in cells at the molecular level feasible. In spite of this, until recently, little discussion has been made to consider the potential challenges of the prevention and intervention of aging with the public health perspective. To fill such a gap, this chapter will first offer a historical overview of longevity search, followed by a detailed discussion of the limitations on longevity enhancement at present. It is hoped that, via thorough discussion on longevity in practice, human lifespan could be extended, with both the quality and productivity of the life of the elderly being increased.
|Title of host publication||Health Issues in Chinese Contexts|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)