32 The War on Aging well.” [7] If so, the main reason people are not beating a path to cryonics organizations is not that they are unconvinced of the feasibility of being resuscitated in a post-aging era, but that they doubt its desirability. How long will this remain so? We will come back to the question of cryonics later. I like to define the War On Aging (WOA) as the period beginning  with  the  announcement  of  mammalian  (almost certainly mouse) life extension results impressive enough to force  public  opinion  to  accept  the  foreseeability  of  serious human life extension, and ending with the release of effective human life extension therapies, albeit initially at a price that only the relatively wealthy can afford. DEFEATING AGING AS WE KNOW IT TODAY AND AS IT WILL THEREBY BECOME The War On Aging is only the precursor of the (indefinite) period of rapid and sustained reduction in mortality rates. While the WOA is in progress, there will be a sharp rise in the number of people who adopt lifestyle changes to improve their chances of surviving long enough to benefit from life extension  therapies.  I  suspect,  however,  that  these  changes will be modest compared to what happens when those thera- pies actually appear. They will quite probably still be ample to destabilize many aspects of modern society – avoidance of risky but vital jobs being an obvious example – but the nag- ging acknowledgement that we still do not know how soon the human therapies will actually materialize (and, therefore, whether they will be in time for us) will limit the adoption of the more extreme measures typical of wartime as we know it. The post-WOA era will begin when appreciable numbers of middle-aged people – let us say, the richest 10% of those in the richest 10 nations – have access to medical care that