By Jeremy Olshan
Though advances in medicine have managed to extend the lifespan of many seniors, much less focus has been given to extending “health span” — the years of old age in which one can remain well enough to largely steer clear of doctors and hospitals.
But as the Wall Street Journal reports today, research at the Mayo Clinic focused on extending health spans to match lifespans is being conducted using seniors — including many retired doctors — who agree to live in an extension of the lab.
Among the studies being conducted using residents of the Charter House, a residential facility connected to the Mayo Clinic, are: ” the usefulness of an electronic tablet app designed to help people stick to their medication regimens,” and “”how well a Band-Aid-size monitoring system measures irregular heart beat.”
The lab is particularly interested in understanding why many people who live to 100 manage to avoid illness until towards the very end of their lives. “”That has led researchers, including those at Mayo, to try and figure out what genes or other factors might be responsible for increased life and health span,” the Journal reports.