Do you want to live longer? How does up to 120 years of healthy active life sound to you?
I have been keeping you up to date with developments in Longevity research and science now for over 2 years. During that time, the rate of progress has been accelerating.
But I have never asked this simple question. Do You really want to live longer?
I recently came across an update by “fightaging.org” sharing the results of a survey carried out in 2013 in the USA among a national sample of adults
The survey, examines public attitudes about aging, health care, personal life satisfaction, possible medical advances (including radical life extension) and other bio-ethical issues. The telephone survey was carried out on cell phones and landlines, in all 50 states, with an overall margin of error for the full sample of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
(i.e. its 97.1 % accurate so pretty reliable)
Key Results From Survey
So, what sort of reaction would you have if you were asked about the consequences for society if new medical treatments could “slow the aging process and allow the average person to live decades longer, to at least 120 years old,”
Do you want to live longer? How does up to even 100 years sound to you? That is easier to conceive to begin with than stretching to 120.
It’s probably still not easy to imagine off the cuff. But give it some thought.
So you are fit and active, mentally astute.
- You need to have something to keep your mindset positive; a purpose in life.
- The big question could be: If I am going to live for another 35 years, will my pension and savings be enough to maintain my current quality of life for that long?
For many of you, the answer will be: No! or I don’t think so. In which case you will probably want to find a way to earn that additional income.
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The survey asked the participants how long they would like to live. More than two-thirds (69%) of indicated an age between 79 and 100 would suit them. The median ideal life span was 90 years – about 12 years longer than the current average U.S. life expectancy at birth – 77.9 years in 2015.
The public is optimistic that scientific breakthroughs will occur in the next few decades. For example, about seven-in-ten Americans think that by the year 2050, there will be a cure for most forms of cancer (69%) and that artificial arms and legs will perform better than natural ones (71%).
And, on balance, the public tends to view medical advances that prolong life as generally good (63%) rather than as interfering with the natural cycle of life (32%).
About half (54%) agree with the statement that “medical treatments these days are worth the costs because they allow people to live longer and better-quality lives,” but 41% disagree, saying medical treatments these days “often create as many problems as they solve.”
Only 7% of respondents say they have heard or read a lot about the possibility that new medical treatments could in the future allow people to live much longer; 38% say they have heard a little about this possibility, and about half (54%) have heard nothing about radical life extension prior to taking the survey.
This is surprising since it will have an impact on most older people in the not-too-distant future.
However, the lack of interest from mainstream media, which only reports advances when something really exciting occurs, means that unless they were particularly interested and following the conversation, the majority are simply in the dark.
At this stage, public reaction to the idea of radical life extension is both ambivalent and skeptical. Asked about the consequences for society if new medical treatments could “slow the aging process and allow the average person to live decades longer, to at least 120 years old,” about half of U.S. adults (51%) say the treatments would be a bad thing for society, while 41% say they would be a good thing.
This is a predictable result because what people do not understand, mainly because it is seldom mentioned in mainstream media, is that the research and advances already happening in Longevity Medicine and science is aimed at increasing our Healthy Lifespan, the number of years we remain in full possession of our brain capacity and our mobility and good health.
Current life expectancy of 77.9 years includes, on average, 7 years of ill health. So current healthy life expectancy is only around 71 years. If the people in the survey fully understood this, their attitude would be far more positive and supportive.
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