Thursday, November 16, 2017

David Albert - pioneering digital technology to promote health and longevity

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 39

Dr. David Albert is a visionary physician and innovator in the field of digital health.  As an entrepreneur he has developed medical products and nurtured new technologies over the last 30 years. A graduate of Harvard College and Duke University Medical School, Dr. Albert has founded three tech companies, InnovAlarm, Lifetone Technology and AliveCor  his most recent endeavor, which has developed the mobile ECG or electrocardiogram sensor. The Kardia mobile device, which is aimed at everyone, detects and analyzes heart rhythm with a simple sensor and mobile app. The ECG - sometimes referred to as EKG - is the electrical activity of the heartbeat and the data could help to detect signs of heart disease.  In this in-depth interview, recorded at the USC Center for Body Computing Conference, Dr Albert explains his vision for future medical technology, which he says has the potential to impact disease, aging and enhance human longevity.

David Albert (@DrDave01) is the founder and Chief Medical Officer at AliveCor (@AliveCor ‏). 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Michelle Longmire - opening up clinical trials to people everywhere, anytime

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 38

Dr. Michelle Longmire is a Stanford-trained dermatologist, accomplished athlete and CEO of the digital health platform, Medable. The Palo Alto, California-based company is transforming the way clinical trials are performed by opening up the process to everyone.  Through its technology and “direct-to-patient” approach, Medable is making it possible for researchers to capture data that would otherwise be lost to the scientific process. This includes environmental factors and the continuous measurement of a person’s physiology, to create a road map of their lives.  In this in-depth interview, recorded at the USC Center for Body Computing Conference, Michelle explains how patient-generated data has the power to radically improve healthcare delivery, clinical research, and personalized and predictive medicine. She also reveals how running every day helps her to manage her company and why she heeds her grandmother’s advice to sleep on her back.

Twitter: @LongmireMD | @medableinc

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lon Schneider - recruiting volunteers to help study early prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 37

"Alzheimer's disease, a devastating disease that affects the cells of the brain, is now regarded as the major form of old age “senility,” said President Ronald Reagan in 1983, as he designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month.   "Because there is an association of dementia with aging and because Americans are living longer, the numbers affected by this disease will continue to grow,” he added.  

A decade later Reagan was diagnosed with the disease and November is still recognized as a month to focus on a condition that affects over 47 million people, worldwide.  

Dr. Lon Schneider (@LonSchneiderMDis professor of psychiatry, neurology, and gerontology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He is also the director of the California Alzheimer's Disease Center and a longtime researcher into the disease for which there is no cure. There has been much progress since Reagan’s time and Dr. Schneider is currently studying ways to halt the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, decades before it begins. In this in-depth interview, he explains how an intervention 10 to 12 years before Alzheimer’s manifests, it may be possible to stop the diseases in its tracks; why an understanding of our genetics could be vital to stave off the disease and how people can volunteer to be part of this long term study.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Herb Alpert - legendary musician living purposeful, age-defying life

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 36

Herb Alpert, at the age of 82, is showing no signs of slowing down. The American musician has enjoyed a long and hugely successful career as a trumpet player, bandleader, composer, record company co-founder and philanthropist.

Healthy and vibrant, the octogenarian lives a full life, touring, performing and nurturing young talent though the Herb Alpert Foundation, where the mission is to “promote compassion and creativity” in society.  Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass burst on to the music scene the early1960s. Herb is the 'A' in A&M Records, where he had the foresight to sign the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, The Police and many others.

As a solo artist Herb had a number one hit with the instrumental track, Rise.  He is also an accomplished artist and sculptor and has been happily married to the signer Lani Hall for more than 40 years. In this wide-ranging interview Herb explains why he feels three decades younger than his biological age; how he revels in exploring new technology to create music and why he embraces every day with boyish enthusiasm. 

Find out more about The Herb Alpert Foundation

Herb's latest album, the Christmas Wish, is out now. 
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Here is constantly touring.  See where he is appearing next.

You might also enjoy Floyd Norman82-year old Disney legend defying ageist stereotypes and still working to stay young. 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lisa Marsh Ryerson - creating opportunities for older adults and planning for the 100-year life

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 35

We are living longer and the pace of population aging is growing faster than ever. Globally, the proportion of people over 60 years old will almost double by 2050. Aging comes with many challenges - from health and wellbeing to housing, mobility and maintaining social networks. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) caters for the social welfare needs of nearly 38 million Americans. Lisa Marsh Ryerson is president of AARP Foundation, the organization’s charitable affiliate. The foundation focuses on support programs and initiatives to help older people, especially those living in poverty. It is currently collaborating with a pilot program to connect senior citizens with transportation. In this in-depth interview, recorded at the University of Southern California’s annual Body Computing Conference, Lisa explains how she has been inspired by her work to help others achieve purpose and happiness; why ‘elderly’ may not be the best word to define older adults; what it means to be an "intentional neighbor" and why she believes a mindful attitude helps in planning for the 100-year life.

Lisa discusses a pilot project announced at USC Body Computing Conference to study how the health of older populations can be improved by helping them become more mobile. The pilot is a collaboration with the insurance company UnitedHealth and the ride sharing company Lyft 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The woman who taught us about chimps

When Jane Goodall first went to Africa to study chimpanzees, she had no formal scientific training - but still managed to win the trust of the primates, leading to groundbreaking observations. In Jane, those studies come to life in 140 hours of never-before-seen footage of Goodall from 1962.