Aging affects us all. Every day, every minute, every second, we are getting older. Inevitably, this time will catch up to us, and we will die. This is where our lives will ultimately end, and theologians and philosophers and scientists alike have all argued and fought over what comes after. But that is another topic. This is about aging. Aging can be scary, as our account on time grows less and less, and we grow older and older, many turn to anti-aging products. These can be creams, drinks, shakes, diets, “superfoods, the list goes on and on. Nursing homes across the world are filled with elderly with arthritis or osteoporosis. With unfortunate grandmothers and grandfathers who don’t recognize their own children and grandchildren because they suffer from Alzheimer’s. What if there was a way that we could put an end to these diseases, which can turn the last few years of an otherwise incredible life into a nightmare. Foundations and labs across the world are researching into this even now, filled with people who believe they can stop this.
Jason Hope is one of these people who believe that degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s can be, not only avoided, but eradicated. Hope, however, is no scientist. Instead, he has been helping with this cause indirectly, using philanthropic nature and savvy business mind to pursue this goal. Receiving an MBA from Arizona State University for finance, Hope has used his accumulated wealth to support a number of research groups, labs and foundations. The young philanthropist’s main focus has been on anti-aging research recently, but his attention and money goes to any program which agrees with his non-conformist tendency and out-of-the-box style of thinking. He has shown intense interest in automation and smart technology research specifically in the past. In 2010, Hope donated $500,000 to the SENS Research Foundation, helping them build a new, modern laboratory.
SENS Research Foundations is currently working on a program they have dubbed AGE-breaker. The goal of the program is to find a treatment plan to slow the aging process. SENS tests various drugs and methods and measures how much they break down advanced glycation end products, or AGE. These products are metabolic waste that build up over time, especially in the elderly, whose metabolic rates have slowed to a crawl. It is build up of these products that cause harm to the body in the form of osteoporosis or arthritis. They are also a major contributor to degenerative mental illnesses related to aging as well.
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