Maybe the better way to frame the issue for broader society is to gauge whether people would support and/or partake in a treatment that was merely presented as giving them a greater chance to avoid frailty. For example, a treatment that showed promise to keep one’s mind sharper for longer and to keep one’s bone mass denser for longer.
Assuming this would be the best angle, there still exists the question of how to brand, in everyday terms, the avoidance of frailty, without using one of the terminologies that causes such pushback.
I would enjoy input from the GRG body on creative terminologies that say “avoid frailty” without saying “avoid frailty,” “regeneration,” “resilience,” mention “aging,” “longevity,” or any of the like.
Perhaps “healthy lifestyle maintenance?” I really risk running into the absurd with this brainstorm, but we desperately need a workable term that doesn’t raise red alarms among “the people” — whoever they are.
Mallory McLaren, J.D.http://www.linkedin.com/in/malloryemclaren/
On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 8:43 PM, Florin Clapa wrote:
Thanks for offering me an excuse to finally put
together this list of surveys and perspectives
about attitudes toward longevity and aging. It may
prove useful.There are interesting results and possible insights
hiding in these surveys. One
of the surveys indicates that over 80% of the respondents
(which presumably live in the United States) would choose an
unlimited lifespan if they could remain mentally and physically
healthy. The similarly-worded Levada
survey found that at most only 19% of Russian respondents
would choose an unlimited lifespan, although another 29% would
choose to live “several times more than people now live.” In
both cases, emphasizing health made longevity a more attractive
option. A survey
of Australians found that 65% support the development of a
medical treatment that could increase the maximum human lifespan
even though only 35% claimed that they would personally use it.
Even the more negative surveys indicate that there are millions
that desire much longer lifespans. Besides thinking about how to
make longevity a more attractive prospect, it may also help to
determine how to motivate the millions that already agree with
us to take action and what action they need to take.
Other potentially-helpful perspectives can be found in
the articles comparing the development of longevity
treatments to contraceptives, HRT, and IVF.
AustraliaListening to public concerns about human
life extension (2010)http://embor.embopress.org/content/11/10/735
Public attitudes towards human life extension by intervening in
ageing (2010)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0890406510000757What reassurances do the community need
regarding life extension? Evidence from studies of community
attitudes and an analysis of film portrayals. (2014)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23931761Canada
Living to 120? Canadians say no thank you: CARP Poll (2013)http://www.carp.ca/2013/08/26/live-to-120-not-in-canada-thanks-carp-poll-older-canadians-skeptical-of-radical-life-extension-less-interested-in-super-longevity-than-americans/GermanyHow long would you want to
live if you could freely choose? (2009)http://www.mfoundation.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1415http://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/5147/umfrage/bevorzugte-lebensdauer/RussiaHow long do the Russians want to live? (2012)http://www.levada.ru/06-02-2012/kak-dolgo-khotyat-zhit-rossiyane
United KingdomDying Matters Death and Dying Survey (2011)http://comres.co.uk/poll/7/dying-matters-death-and-dying-survey-16-may-2011.htm
United StatesUncovering a Broader Desire For Extended Lifespan (2012)http://www.healthextension.co/uncovering-a-desire-for-extended-lifespan/
Living to 120 and Beyond: Americans’ Views on Aging, Medical
Advances and Radical Life Extension (2013)http://www.pewforum.org/2013/08/06/living-to-120-and-beyond-americans-views-on-aging-medical-advances-and-radical-life-extension/Online, English-speakersThe Longevity
Attitude Survey (2004)http://web.archive.org/web/20050414010839/http://www.scottbadger.com/las/consent.htmhttp://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/2794-longevity-attitude-survey/?view=findpost&p=43809Negative
Data from the Psychological Frontline (2005)http://www.jetpress.org/volume14/schloendorn.htmlTrends In Attitudes Toward Life, Death,
and Progress (2007)http://www.existenceiswonderful.com/2007/05/trends-in-attitudes-toward-life-death.htmlWhat’s your reaction to
this pursuit? If you had the opportunity to live forever
– albeit cybernetically – would you do it? (2012)http://web.archive.org/web/20120801123107/http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/07/human-immortality-could-be-possible-by-2045-say-russian-scientists.htmlHow Long do You Want to Live? (2009-present)http://www.davidewingduncan.com/whenim164/http://www.davidewingduncan.com/whenim164/survey-results.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/sunday-review/how-long-do-you-want-to-live.html
survey results (2005)http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/6422-ibg-survey-results/Mean life extensionist (2009)http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/420108/results
Do All Transhumanists Want Immortality? No? Why Not? (Terasem
Survey, Part 1) (2012)http://www.ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pellissier20120801http://www.terasemjournals.org/PCJournal/PC0801/Papers/Pellissier_Dal_Santo_APA.pdfAging researchersProfessional and personal attitudes of researchers in ageing
towards life extension. (2009)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18516699Longevity treatments compared to contraceptives, HRT, and IVF
Anticipating the anti‐ageing pill (2009)http://embor.embopress.org/content/10/2/108
Anticipating the use of life extension technologies (2010)http://embor.embopress.org/content/11/5/334
On 12/29/2014 12:44 AM, Daria wrote:
We have funding to perform up to 3 focus groups
to test messages to convince people that we need to combat
aging. The testing will be done in Moscow in January-February,
2015. The target audience is limited to people with a
We, as a global community, need research data on
what messages work to convince people to fight aging, what
work less, what counterarguments arise, how they can be
countered effectively. We need it to speak to philanthropists,
scientists, civil servants, journalists, our friends and
This study should be one out of many in the
future; we should test it in many cultures.
Right now, we are at the stage of collecting the
messages to test.
Therefore, please send us your ideas on:
§ What messages do you use to convince people of
the need to combat aging
§ What messages work best to convince people of the
need to combat aging for you and for other activists?
§ What messages cause the opposition? Which kind?
How do you or other people counter it?
§ What is the best order of messages to convince
people step by step?
We are collecting the messages during the next
week. Please send your ideas to us on email or insert them
into the Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mMmlENRHCS_ZG6YV-sGNBIfzVNZRV8PYXj2bbHb5LWk/edit#gid=0
We would also be thankful for your advice on
focus group information and on the similar studies done before
(apart from Pew research on radical life extension
technologies and perception of aging population as a problem http://www.pewforum.org/2013/08/06/living-to-120-and-beyond-americans-views-on-aging-medical-advances-and-radical-life-extension/ and http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/01/30/attitudes-about-aging-a-global-perspective/).
Board member of the International Longevity
Board Chair of the Council for Public Health and
Demography, Moscow http://sozd.org/en