Living longer: implications of an older society

Forty years from now, more Americans will be over the age of 60 than under the age of 15.

A recent study by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society suggests that Americans will live even longer than predicted by the U.S. government: on average, according to the MacArthur report, men will live to be between 83 and 86 and women will live to between 89 and 94.

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That’s because advances in biotechnology and medicine will help us live longer, healthier lives. But the potential realities of such a large proportion of older, healthy Americans have financial, political, and cultural ramifications that need to be addressed sooner rather than later, according to Dr. Jack Rowe, who led the study.

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2 responses to “Living longer: implications of an older society”

  1. James Reyes says:

    Mentioned in the piece was redesigning cities to allow more inter generational interaction.Here is the quickie version:
    Put playrooms in nursing homes .Seniors and children can play dolls,trains or make toys together.Of course necessary precautions would need to be taken for the benefit of all concerned.This might be especially valuable in neighborhoods where children have few safe places to play.
    Another program could have children teaching seniors to use computers.The Seniors could tutor students in traditional academics.

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