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The Age Wiki

As we age, we discover what those before us have discovered already. What if we visit the Age Wiki to see what we're approaching? The Age Wiki shows, with your input for alternatives, what can happen at _all_ ages, from infancy to extreme longevity.

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Where can we go to learn about normal development of all stages of life? Books and websites exist about childhood development, about aging, about mid-life, crises and all, though typically are found in different places. 

Through a collective knowledge base, we can learn about our present and past selves and children and parents and grandparents. An interactive time line allows users to chart potential impact of behavior and environment (present and past) on future health and well being. 

When do we stop growing? When do we start shrinking? Is it normal to get bi-focals at 30? 40? 50? What does menopause feel like? Pregnancy? Does it make a difference if you start to exercise at 50? 40? 30? What does a lifetime of physical labor or professional athleticism do to a person's body? Are mid-life crises "real" and if so, how do we have "healthy" (e.g., non-destructive) ones? How do we mitigate the toxic effects of early childhood poverty? (See Sunday, July 27, NY Times:  http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/status-and-stress/)

Different data sets, plus generous contributions of Age Wiki users like you, allow customizable answers. As teens, we begin to see how childhood shapes our future... in middle age, we can see how we've developed but we may not know what we're facing until we turn to the Age Wiki...

How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

The Age Wiki is available to everyone with access to computers and the internet. Its database is regularly updated through connections with medical and academic institutions as well as ordinary people writing about their experience. Users can share experiences as well as solutions (see "Build Upon"). Knowledge about age issues, life-style impacts on health and mental well-being gets cross-referenced. Ideally, we develop an interactive time line Volunteer editors (and programmers!) help collate and streamline information. When a user seeks knowledge about a particular age / time of life, they can navigate a "search cascade" to access specific knowledge.

How might your idea attract and involve partners from health care, business, government, nonprofit or other sectors?

The idea hinges on contributions from all sectors. Initially, it may function as an organized collection of articles. Ultimately, it will work best as a carefully designed, customizable data base.

How might you design an early experiment or prototype to further develop your idea?

I will form a team to develop a prototype (probably only minimally functional) that: • shows updated information about health and aging from birth until deep old age • enables users to implement regularly updated data bases (scientific research and own personal history) • enables users to plot different potential paths of well-being • utilizes tools and apps to help users track their own data in order to correlate it with present knowledge • allows users to better understand developmental issues off all ages

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this is a FANTASTIC idea miriam! i love that this would help us learn about our present and past selves and guide us through aging, with customizable options. it's a great build on those children developmental books parents / educators often refer to as important guides as their kids / students go through many critical stages of growth...

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It's a question, really, of how people access information, how they seek it out, and how they use it. Ideally, the Age Wiki would be the portal for more than knowledge — it would allow people of all ages to move to act based on self-informing.

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