We support the emerging a tradition by longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events dedicated to promotion of longevity research on or around October 1 – the UN International Day of Older Persons. This day is sometimes referred to in some parts of the healthy longevity activists community as the “International Longevity Day”. As this is the official UN Day of Older Persons, this provides the longevity research activists a perfect opportunity to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for the elderly, in the wide public as well as among decision makers. In the past, events and promotions in honor of this day, often extending into a “Longevity Month”, were held in dozens of countries.
On May 15, 2015, we mark the birthday of the founder of gerontology, a foundational figure of modern immunology, aging and longevity science, and of modern medicine generally – Elie Metchnikoff (May 15, 1845 – July 15, 1916). There is a tradition to celebrate the anniversaries of great persons (scientists, artists, writers, politicians, generals) to promote the area of their activity and popularize their ideology. It may be hoped that the birthday of Metchnikoff can serve to promote and popularize the science and ideology of healthy longevity, including the state level. The “Metchnikoff Day” can provide an impulse for organizing topical meetings and conferences, a stimulus for research, and publications in the media, dedicated to Metchnikoff’s legacy and continuation of his life work – the study of aging and longevity. This may play a positive role not only for the advancement and popularization of research of aging and healthy work – the study of aging and longevity. This may play a positive role not only for the advancement and popularization of research of aging and healthy countries.
Special section on “Public Support for Research of Aging and Aging-related Diseases” at the International Conference on Aging and Disease of the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD) at Stanford CA, October 1-2, 2016