Life expectancies are generally increasing worldwide, contributing to a demographic shift in which older people will soon outnumber young children. This change presents health care challenges on a global scale and refigures certain elements of our social fabric. At USC, and with our partners across the country and world, we are working to meet these challenges head on – we don’t just want to extend life, we want to extend life well.
USC has been a pioneer in advancing health and dignity for the aging from the very beginning. We were the first university in the country to launch a school of gerontology. Such greats as Edward Schneider, Caleb “Tuck” Finch, and Eileen Crimmins have been with us since the 1980s working on these issues, and Valter Longo, who currently directs the Longevity Institute, is continuing to advance this humanistic science. Longo’s work, including in fasting-mimicking diets, aims to help us maintain our health as we age, and he also works to prevent and treat age-related conditions.
USC is well-positioned to contribute even more to this field through the deepening convergent work between the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and multiple departments in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.