How to lead a healthy 100 year life starting in your 50s is the title of my new series of blog posts. Actually, I am wondering which is better, How to lead a long and healthy life starting in your 50s, or How to lead a healthy 100 year life starting in your 50s.
It depends on how common the concept of 100 year life is.
Are you familiar with this concept from the book The 100-Year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity?
According to the authors of the book Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, we are entering the age of longevity when many of us will be living until 100 years old. Our life expectancy is growing year by year. If you are 60 years old now, you have a 50% chance of living until 90 or more, and if you are 40 years old, you have a 50% chance of reaching 95, and if you are 20 years old, you have a 50% chance of living to more than 100.
That means if you are in your 50s, you maybe living until somewhere between 90 to 95.
That is surprising because when we were children we thought we would live until our 70s and if we are lucky we might make it to 80s. At least, 10 years longer than we expected. I suppose we can imagine that since our parents are still around even though they have reached their 80s.
But what a lot of us don’t realize is that we will need to be working until 70 or 80. That means we will need to stay healthy for a long time.
If you are in your 50s like me, we are actually a significant generation because we are the last generation of the baby boomers who were born between 1946 and 1964. We have the longest life expectancy among the baby boomers and we have a bigger population than generations to follow.
Another word, we are the first people to experience the age of longevity.
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