More Signs of the Obvious

Via the Winnipeg Sun, more signs of the incidental healthy life extension brought by advances across the board in medicine: "A new study on aging and retirement -- the largest study of its kind ever undertaken -- says that people are living longer and better health than ever before ... The HBC study -- conducted with the Oxford Institute of Ageing, which surveyed 21,000 people in 21 countries including Canada -- found that people the world over now able to live the lives the age of 70 that previous generations would have enjoyed at 50. People in their 60s and 70s generally feel in good health, and there are only small differences between people of this age and those in the 40s and 50s in terms of control and quality of life. ... older workers and retirees are better able to significantly contribute to society because they are more fit and active than ever before. They also feel they are in control of their lives and are generally looking forward to the next 20 to 30 years of their life. ... People in their 60s and 70s are a tremendous asset to society, not generally a burden." Showing the world that healthy longevity is increasing is only one part of the education process, however: we also have to help people understand that progress depends on action; that each and every one of us can step up to make the process move faster.



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