Is aging without illness possible?

Geroscientists are pursuing potential drugs that could expand health span

A man sitting in a scene divided in two in his living room with a walker in one half and with his dog outside in the other half.

By addressing the root causes of aging, geroscientists hope to stave off the disability and diseases that can make old age so miserable.

Sam Chivers

Each morning after breakfast, Scott Broadbent takes a plastic bottle from the refrigerator in his home in Alameda, Calif., pops the top, and drinks the contents, 2.5 ounces of milky liquid. “It has sort of a pineapple creamy flavor,” he says.