The longevity era has arrived—and it looks different to your grandparents’ generation.
If you’re 65 years old today and living in a developed country, you can expect to live for about another 19 years (age 83 if you’re a man and 86 if you’re a woman). This is up more than five years since 1960—and those are just the averages. Between 1990 and 2015, the number of centenarians worldwide increased more than fourfold to nearly half a million, according to United Nations estimates.
Our current medical systems are not set up for this rapidly advancing era. But instead of trying to improve a broken health-care system, why not radically change the way we think about health overall? Instead of treating older adults’ medical complications, let’s stop them from getting sick in the first place.
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