Life Extension: Living Longer in Better Health

  • What is aging? Why does it happen? And what, if anything, can we do about it?
  • Can we reverse aging, keeping or regaining the energy and stamina we had when we were young?
  • As we age, we tend to experience problems such as memory loss, senility and dementia. Can this be prevented? Are there supplements, medications or lifestyle changes that might make a difference? What are they? Who recommends taking them, and why?
  • There’s been a lot of buzz in the past few years about intermittent fasting, prolonged fasting, ad time-restricted eating. Can fasting really add years to our lives? What do animal studies tell us? The human studies? What are the dangers? If we want to try fasting, how can we do it safely?
  • We all know about mitochondria, and their importance to longevity. But mitochondria wear out and get old too as the years go by. Are there ways to repair them, or replace them with undamaged ones? What are they? Do they really work?
  • Are low carb diets really better for longevity? Or can there be benefits to eating carbs? Should we be eating more vegetables, or are animal foods equally important? 
  • Can vitamins, minerals, and other supplements slow or change the nature of the aging process? Which ones? And in what doses?  
  • What about NMN and NR, Niacin, NAD+, resveratrol, mTOR, telomeres, senescent cells, and stem cell rejuvenation? We’ll take a look at the current thinking about aging by people on the frontiers of the research, and why many ideas (and limitations) that were accepted only a few years ago, have recently been replaced by some exciting new possibilities.
  • You’ll learn about what leading researchers including Dr. David Sinclair, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Dr. Valter Longo, Dr. Aubrey De Grey, and others have been saying about aging and life extension –– where their ideas overlap, and where they differ –– and what we can take from them if our goal is to live long, healthy lives that might (possibly) exceed what many people think of as the maximum human lifespan.

Student Testimonials

I liked the combination of handouts, presentation, discussion, and reading student writing for feedback. The

J.F., Bellevue
What a wonderful experience your writing class is!  I was amazed at what I was

Marianne N., Seattle
Hi, Nils: You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative

K. Bashaw
Thanks again for the short story writing class this quarter. I found your comments on

Megan C., Edmonds
I liked the format, and the chance to things aloud…. hearing my own stories was

Bill K., Seattle
I spent two years not writing and getting ragged about it. I have to say

Andy J., Seattle
I took it because I was “stuck” in journaling, and wanted to shake myself loose

Marie L., Lake Forest Park

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