First, the positive way of how to frame the problem and program here: to talk about healthy longevity, more years spent healthily and fully functionally as opposed to highlight the functional compromise that is biological ageing and the societal burden that comes with it.
Second, there’s a target number emerging as an objective, to quote from the press release:
Government has set a goal that by 2035 we should all be able to live 5 extra healthy, independent years
All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity – living well for longer – a strategy to accelerate health span by 2035 press release
So I see a rare political consensus emerging around this mission on part of mainstream political actors in the UK and the messaging is good.
The East of England region of the UK has now an underdog, cross-border, science nerd candidate for the upcoming EU Elections to stand for prioritising health and longevity. Yes, that’s me and am going to be the only truly independent one as well.
Coming out of the Chelmsford City Council after I handed in my nomination package to stand as a candidate for the upcoming EU elections.
Health and Longevity Politics Global (HLPG or Longevity Politics for short) is happy to present you with our first interview with non other, than Felix Werth, founder and leader of the German Party for Health Research (PfHR), a unique single-issue political party focusing making medical advances counteracting age-associated diseases as its top priority. Earlier we reported that PfHR has finalised its election program for the upcoming European elections on 26th, May, 2019. The success of PfHR on this election might become a watershed moment for all those around the world representing a new, fresh approach for health and longevity politics. Please read Felix’s detailed answers to form an impression yourself. The interview was very slightly edited to ease understanding.
HLPG: Hi Felix. Tell us about yourself in a couple of sentences, who are you and how has been your life unfolded so far?
Felix Werth: I was born in 1978. After school I did my masters degree in electrical and computer engineering, because I like math and physics. In 2012 I learned, that we have a chance to develop effective medicine against all diseases of old age in the near future. Because I think, that this is so very important, I decided to make it to my life´s purpose to help with this development, because the more people help, the faster we will probably achieve this goal. I switched fields and got a biochemistry degree to help with the research directly. Because I learned how slow the progress in the lab is and because the development of effective medicine against the diseases of old age could be hastened significantly with much more scientists and investments, I decided to do advocacy for more government funding in this area.
The German Party for Health Research (PfH) has finalised its election program for the upcoming European elections on 26th, May, 2019. Their main proposal is to allocate 30 billion euros additionally, every year, from the EU budget for aging related research to develop medicines.
PfH is the only known single-issue political party, dedicated solely to the cause of counteracting aging-associated diseases.