The reality for 76 million Baby Boomers will be an average life span in excess of 100 years, with unexpectedly good health—so much so, in fact, that you will scarcely be able to tell a fit and active 65-year old from a healthy and athletic 105-year-old.
—Ronald Katz, MD
It was March 2014 when a news sound bite—Who Needs Another Diet?—caught the ear of Arlene R. Taylor, PhD. Caught it long enough to draw her attention from the study abstracts piled high on her desk along with manuscripts for two new books. Shaking her head, Taylor thought, who needs another diet? No one…of course. Sure, almost any diet can help a person lose a few pounds in the present moment; but within the space of two to three years most gain it all back. Often more. The news commentator emphasized the global obesity pandemic with diabetes a close cousin, along with the prediction that this present generation may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents—largely due to lifestyle choices.
Earlier, Steve Horton, MPH, CEO of Pacific Health Education Center, Inc, had asked Taylor if she would write 12 brain-based lessons that could be used at PHEC for community-based health education. The sound bite, along with the impression that current strategies and "trends" appeared to be failing miserably as effective, long-term health solutions, prompted Taylor set aside her two manuscripts to conceptualize and develop the 12 lessons. The project soon morphed into the first-of-its-kind brain-based Longevity Lifestyle Matters program, or LLM for short.
When the initial LLM “textbook” was drafted, Taylor asked Steve Horton to add his input, which resulted in the development of the LLM Expedition Game. Later, Sharlet M. Briggs, PhD, was also recruited, which resulted in the development of the LLM Companion Notebook. Together, Taylor, Horton, and Briggs became known as “The LLM Team.” More resources followed, including Adventures of the Longevity Mystery Club (coauthored with Briggs) and LLM—Just the Facts (with Horton).
As Taylor puts it: “There is no fast fix that is healthy or that endures. No surprise, prevention beats cure, although there are strategies than can be implemented to help better manage what was not or could not be prevented. Slow and steady wins. Start now, creating and implementing a longevity lifestyle to help you stay healthier and younger for longer. It matters....”