weekly blog--one for the ages
A day hardly goes by without seeing an article about how to live a longer healthier life. The science and medical breakthroughs look promising. Consider Cell Regeneration, Calorie Restriction, Cloning, Organ Replacement, Gene Therapy, Hormone Replacement, Drugs and Supplements, Computer Technology, and Anti-Aging Diets.
In olden days, the few people who grew old were assumed, because of their years, to have won the favor of the gods. The typical person was fortunate to reach 40. Beginning in the 19th century, that slowly changed. Since 1840, life expectancy at birth has risen about three months with each passing year. In 1840, life expectancy at birth in Sweden, a much-studied nation owing to its record-keeping, was 45 years for women; today it’s 83 years.
The United States displays roughly the same trend. When the 20th century began, life expectancy at birth in America was 47 years; now newborns are expected to live 79 years. If about three months continue to be added with each passing year, by the middle of this century, American life expectancy at birth will be 88 years. By the end of the century, it will be 100 years.
What does this mean? It means that you could spend as many years “post career” as you did fully employed. It means that retirement planning, which has normally been focused on making sure that you don’t exhaust your financial resources, needs to be replaced with longevity planning, so you can design a plan to use all of this newfound extra time.
Welcome to the Anti-Retirement movement.
However, for the revolutionists, the road ahead won’t be easy. Your career provided you with structure, goals and people who relied on you and gave you the feeling of relevance that we all desire. Now it is up to you to find your own path, develop your personal framework and find new ways to measure your outcomes.
What Happens When We All Live to 100? - The Atlantic
10 Promising Medical Technologies That May Help People Live Longer (upcominghealth.com)
At career’s end, maybe we should embrace anti-retirement - MarketWatch