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BIO 05 — The Roadmap to 100: The Science of Living a Long Life

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Mar 21
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 30
Units: 2
Tuition: $460
Instructor(s): Walter Bortz
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 17—Mar 21
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 30
2 Units
Walter Bortz
A bonanza of life lessons emerges from new knowledge about what aging is all about. In fact, virtually everything we thought about aging until now has been wrong. Just as the insights into the world of DNA revealed the hidden nature of life’s beginnings, so too the science of growing older is changing our understanding of the full map of human life.

In this course, you will learn what aging is and is not. You will learn the basic science of aging, its pace, its space, its span, its dynamics, its true timeline, its telomeres, and much more. You will learn about the impact of nutrition, attitude, and exercise on the basic processes of aging; ways to avoid heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and cognitive decline; and how to use (and not use) the medical system. And, most important, we will focus on how to find meaning in older age and preserve your intellect, creativity, sexuality, and sense of flow, while also contemplating how to die, and how not to die. Since we have options when it comes to the path our lives take, the choices we make must be well informed.

Walter Bortz, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Emeritus, Stanford School of Medicine

Walter Bortz has been a practicing physician at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and Stanford Hospital, and has participated in and led many civic ventures, including the Palo Alto Council Task Force on Aging. He also co-founded the Experience Corps with John Gardner. Bortz has been president of the American Geriatrics Society and co-chair of the American Medical Association–American Nurses Association Task Force on Aging. He has written seven books, two on diabetes and four on aging, including We Live Too Short and Die Too Long, Dare to Be 100, Living Longer for Dummies, and The Roadmap to 100. His book, Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health, examines multiple flaws of our medical system.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Walter M. Bortz II, MD, The Roadmap to 100: The Breakthrough Science of Living a Long and Healthy Life (ISBN 978-0-230-11205-6)