AirTalk for February 22, 2011

Can boomers defy old age?

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An unidentified man exercises October 22, 2010 in Washington DC. The baby boom generation turned 65 on January 1.

The oldest baby boomers are turning 65 this year, so realistically what can they expect from the next 20 years of life? Promoters of longevity claim that if people just live right, ninety could be the new fifty. They also argue that the “cure” for the disease of getting old is just around the corner and that science will soon find ways to trick the body into overcoming the aging process. It sounds like an inviting prospect but is it more hype than reality? In her new book "Never Say Die," Susan Jacoby, author and chronicler of unreason in the American culture, offer a critique of what she’s calls the fallacies of the “hucksters of longevity” and asks the fundamental question: will living longer mean living better?

Guest:

Susan Jacoby, author of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age (Pantheon)

Susan Jacoby is speaking at the Zocalo Public Square at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue tomorrow evening at 7:30pm.


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