I just found out that more than half of babies born in developed countries today will live to be more than 100 years old.
That’s a lot of centenarians.
Apparently, with each passing year humankind (in rich countries, at least) gains an average of 3 months of extra life expectancy, thanks to medical advances. As the researchers pointed out, where there were once three major stages of life–childhood, adulthood, and old age–there is increasingly a fourth: really old age. And the majority of new babies will live approximately 20 years of their lives in that stage.
Just another reminder that learning how to live vibrantly, full of intellectual curiosity and cognitive agility, as we age has to be a priority–for us as individuals and for wider society. The costs of not doing so, both emotionally and financially, are just too high.