Top 100 in Wellness: Healthy Aging Category

These 10 trailblazers are redefining what it means to age well

Healthy Aging

These 10 pioneers are flipping the script on aging—crushing stigma, combatting disease, and promoting wellness in the golden years. We applaud them and are inspired by their efforts to help people lead long and healthy lives.

Laura Deming

Laura Deming
Getty

Laura Deming is a brilliant thinker and venture capitalist with a heart. After dropping out of MIT at the age of 17, Deming founded The Longevity Fund to support young talent and emerging researchers interested in the science of longevity. The organization supports those who investigate novel problems and solutions that promote a longer and healthier lifespan.

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield
Instagram 

Ben Greenfield is an accomplished athlete, writer, public speaker, coach, and health expert who is widely known for leading his clients to peak performance in both life and sport. He is not only a New York Times bestselling author, but he was also voted America’s Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.

"Ben Greenfield uses his knowledge of science and research to inform bio-hacking, peak performance, and health optimization." - Michael Lau, Verywell Judge

Jo Ann Jenkins

Jo Ann Jenkins
Getty 

As the CEO of AARP Jo Ann Jenkins has made it her mission to redefine the vision of aging. With a strong background of leadership in both the government and private sector, she has led the non-profit organization to its position as a leader in social change. And with her bestselling book, Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age, she empowers people to choose how they live and age.

Chip Conley

Chip Conley
Getty

Chip Conley is a world-renowned hospitality entrepreneur, a New York Times bestselling author, and a self-described modern elder. Conley founded Widsom Well, a blog that delivers daily reminders of wisdom and its value. He also founded the Modern Elder Academy (MEA), the world’s first midlife wisdom school. MEA workshops help middle-aged people rediscover awe and redefine their purpose. Conley is a TED speaker and serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute, home of the Conley Library.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon
Maggie Moon 

Maggie Moon, MS, RD, is a former professional dancer and accredited dietitian who has brought the concept of chromosomal health to the mainstream. Her book, The Telomere Diet and Cookbook: A Scientific Approach to Slow Your Genetic Aging and Live a Longer, Healthier Life, teaches readers how to age better by making changes to the diet that help protect telomeres, the caps on your chromosomes. 

"Maggie has focused her nutrition practice and latest book on aging healthfully and includes support and care of caregivers to provide a really well-rounded support tool." - Willow Jarosh, Verywell Judge

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao Porchon-Lynch
Getty

Tao Porchon-Lynch not only believes that there is nothing you cannot do, but she puts that belief to the test every day. The 101-year-old yogi is the recipient of the Padma Shri Award presented by the president of India for distinguished service of a high order. As an accomplished film professional and the world’s oldest yoga teacher, Porchon-Lynch encourages her followers to seek enlightenment and reminds us all to live life to the fullest.

Michael Adams

Michael Adams
Getty (Left)

As CEO of SAGE, Michael Adams is leading the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT seniors. He has been named one of Next Avenue’s 50 “Influencers in Aging,” and has twice been named to Out magazine’s Out 100. Adams is passionate about giving a voice to LGBT elders on issues including discrimination, housing, health care, and disabilities.

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki
Getty

When Anne Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe, she gave consumers unprecedented access to their genetic information. The company’s home-based saliva kits provide customers with personalized reports about genetic health risks, ancestry information, and more. Wojcicki also hopes to use the genetic data she collects to develop drugs and find cures for diseases like Alzheimer's. Her goal is to give people the data and understanding they need to not only live longer but to live longer and stay well.

Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman
Encore.org

Marc Freedman is the founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of several books, including How to Live Forever. He encourages people aged 50 and over to remain productive and to make community involvement a primary goal. Freedman describes himself as a social entrepreneur and promotes intergenerational connection, mentorship, and maintaining a targeted purpose later in life. He has been a visiting scholar at universities around the world and has won numerous awards for his contributions to social causes.

David Sinclair, PhD

David Sinclair, PhD
Getty

David Sinclair, PhD, is a Harvard genetics professor who believes that we need to change what we think about aging. In his book Lifespan, he dispels longheld principles about the inevitability of physical decline and reveals groundbreaking research into the treatment of aging as a disease. His writings challenge us to consider the social, economic, and political risks and benefits of a world in which people live longer and healthier lives.

Our Methodology

We polled the Verywell community to understand what categories in the ever-growing world of wellness actually interest them the most. After the final top 10 categories were identified, we then turned to our expert judges—comprised of leading voices in the fields of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and more—to nominate 10 trailblazers within each of the 10 categories who deserve to be recognized for their pioneering efforts in promoting healthy lifestyle messages. Our highly-skilled editorial team reviewed all submissions, filling in any gaps along the way. We landed on a list of 100 leaders who we believe not only epitomize what wellness is today but who are also paving the way as the definition continues to evolve.

Was this page helpful?