Science has taken us to new lengths in terms of aging. We are living much longer than we once did. Because of better living conditions, better access to food and clean water, and advances in medical science, today there are more centenarians than ever before. But aging gracefully is harder than it might seem. The last chapters of life are often marked by poor health and reduced quality of life. Some folks may go out like a bang, but other individuals could just slowly fade away. For 1World voters, 65% want to live to be 100 years old. And, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, at least 400,000 will be 100 or older by 2050.
At the same time, 84% of 1World voters choose quality of life over quantity, indicating just how important maintaining good health, and a rich social and family life is. A study by the RAND corporation found that 15% of all people aged 71 or more are afflicted with dementia. At the present time, this translates to 3.8 million dementia patients in the US. By 2040, due to the rapid aging of overall population, this number will rise to 9.1 million patients. Living longer also means that more money is needed to continue having the same lifestyle. 53% of seniors surveyed by the Pew Research Center say they are either “very” or “somewhat concerned” that their savings and income will last. Smart individuals will take the possibility of living to 100 into account when they plan their retirement.
I would love to live to be 100, but I truly want my final years to be meaningful. To that end, I watch my diet, exercise, set money aside for retirement, and get regular preventative medical care. How about you? What do you do to age gracefully?
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