An individual's healthspan can be defined as the length of time an individual is able to maintain good health. In 2007, over one hundred experts and researchers from public and private institutions across the nation convened to find new ways of addressing the human healthspan and the elusive nature of aging. Experts in public health, bioengineering, neuroscience and gerontology discussed how stress and lifestyle influence the decline of health at older ages. Other discussions focused on the integration of technology in the quality of life, gerontology, regenerative medicine and life expectancy with regard to social and behavioral traits. Still, other groups explored topics such as the cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological aging, the effects of exercise on the human healthspan, and changes in social context to enhance functional status of the elderly. Most importantly, experts agreed that it was imperative to ensure that the elderly have access to medical services by establishing relationships with health care and insurance providers.
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|Enhancing the Functional Status of the Future Elderly||7-16|
|Design New Research Paradigms to Assess Healthspan, Its Enhancement, and Prolongation in Experimental Research Animals||17-28|
|Effects of Exercise on Human Healthspan||29-40|
|The Relationship Between Demographic Mortality Rates, Aging, and Functional Human Healthspan||41-48|
|Changes in Social Contexts to Enhance Functional Status of the Elderly||49-56|
|Develop Technological Interventions to Overcome Barriers to Independence and Community Participation||57-72|
|Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Aging: The Roles of Nature, Nurture, and Chance in the Maintenance of Human Healthspan||73-92|
|Inflammation's Effects on Aging||93-100|
|Preconference Webcast Tutorials||103-106|
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