Many aging researchers focus on better understanding the biological causes of aging or on policy interventions that may make growing older a little easier. The new Johns Hopkins Human Aging Project is taking a different track, viewing functional and cognitive decline through a technological lens through which geriatricians, engineers and biology experts hope to transform how we define “aging well.”

In this podcast, the project’s founding director, Jeremy Walston, MD, and Kimberly Marselas, senior editor of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, discuss the aging collaborative’s short and long-term goals. We also cover how tech-informed devices, treatments, and artificial intelligence will likely play key roles in identifying and addressing functional and cognitive decline faster. As Walston notes, the last years of life don’t have to be fraught with illness and decline.