In an interview with Oklahoma City News Channel Four Oct. 19, Dr. Bill Thomas said that switching to geriatrics to take care of older people helped him realize that there are bigger issues at play in their wellbeing than the number of years they had lived.
“We think about aging mainly as decline but I saw a different story and I think aging is more about growth and change,” said Dr. Thomas. “I’m touring the country doing my best to communicate this positive story of aging.”
When asked about the prospect that medical technology could extend human life Dr. Thomas had a simple answer: “We have a score card on this. Seventeen billion humans have lived and zero have ever grown young.”
On the explosive growth of plastic surgery, Dr. Thomas said: “I think that people often get plastic surgery because they feel tremendous pressure to look younger. I want to live in a society where that decision is seen as a feeling of personal choice rather than as a feeling of necessity.”