The San Francisco Bay area is home to some of the wealthiest businesses and individuals in the world, and they have developed a new obsession with aging. Google and billionaire investor Peter Thiel are investing heavily in technologies that will slow aging and support longevity.

Wealthy elite in Silicon Valley aren’t altruistic, but they are funding work that could be of great value for the United States economy. Millions of elderly Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s or other chronic diseases, and the medical costs are astronomical. If Silicon Valley funded companies develop technologies that increase healthspan -- the length of time a person is healthy -- that would be of great importance.

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