Life extension terminology
Life extension terminology covers a broad range of terms used to discuss life extension in different contexts.
Such terms have limited utility outside such a context.
A common transhumanist context will focus on radical modification technologies both current, emerging and hypothetical. These may include:
Advocates of life extension often enthusiastically use jargon relatively inaccessible to mainstream audiences.
- Immortalism – the avoidance of death, with the goal of immortality
- Longevism – the desire to achieve long life, but not necessarily immortality, with science
- Senescence research
- Biogerontological research
- Rejuvenation research or Rejuveneering, a term coined by Aubrey de Grey
- Regenerative Medicine
- Aging Research (conservative audience)
- Longevity Research (life extensionist audience)
- Aging and Longevity Research (mixed audience)
- Increase people's healthspan - a term adopted by the Global Heathspan Policy Institute
- 'Mitigate the underlying causes of disease', 'targeting aging' or 'aging as a disability' - softer versions of aging as a disease
- Longevity dividend - the idea quantifying the multiple social and economic benefits of longer lives
- Indefinite life extension or advocating indefinite life spans
- Live happily and healthily indefinitely - Positive life extension
The International Society on Aging and Disease uses the slogan:
Promoting biomedical research of ageing and ageing-related diseases to improve health and longevity of the elderly population