On this episode of Lifespan News, Ryan O’Shea shows how the A4LI brings both major U.S. political parties together to fight aging.
The newly launched Alliance for Longevity Initiatives, an organization founded to advance legislation and policies that aim to increase healthy human lifespan, recently held their first public event. It featured some well known names in longevity, but also a few you might not have expected – such as the Republican former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former Democratic congressman Steve Israel. We’ll tell you what was discussed, and their plans for the future, in this episode of Lifespan News!
According to their website, the Alliance for Longevity Initiatives, or A4LI, is an independent 501(c)(4) nonprofit founded with the goal of creating social and political action, specifically around the issues of combating age-related chronic conditions and increasing our number of healthy, disease-free years.
The organization was created by Dylan Livingston, who currently serves as its president and CEO. Dylan has described himself as a “politico”, and previously worked as a Biden campaign staffer. In 2021 Dylan participated in a Foresight Institute event in which he outlined some of the possible initiatives and strategies of A4LI, which include Establishing a Longevity Caucus In Congress, Increasing Funding for the National Institute on Aging – Division of Aging Biology, and Helping the FDA to Understand and Support Geroscience.
This panel, which was moderated by Dylan, also included Dr. Nir Barzilai, Dr. Dina Radenkovic, and A4LI Chair of the Board Sonia Arrison. It is great to hear that politicians, academics, and business leaders are taking this issue seriously, and coming up with their own ideas for what we can do to advance healthspan-extension science. And it’s also encouraging that some of the ideas that they put forward in this conversation were ones that I’ve thought about and have heard others share as well, so it seems that there is a real possibly of broad agreement – regardless of party or ideology – that can lead to a unified approach to these problems that we’re all facing.
You can find links to this event with Newt Gingrich and Steve Israel, as well as a link to Dylan’s Foresight Institute presentation, in the video description. You can learn about the Alliance for Longevity Initiatives, and support their work, at a4li.org.
I’m very excited about the existence of the A4LI, and am eager to follow their progress. There will be more to share soon, and when there is, we’ll bring it to you here, so please subscribe so you don’t miss out! I’m Ryan O’Shea and we’ll see you next time on Lifespan News!