With Increasing Life Expectancy, How Old is Old Enough?


What kind of life expectancy could humans one day expect as medicine and technology continue to improve? Doctors think they know.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was around 50 years old. By the 2010s, that age had jumped up to about 80.

So how high can medical science get in terms of how long we can live? Scientists say the longest-living human ever recorded was Jeanne Louise Calment. Known as a “supercentenarian,” the French woman lived to be 122.

The scientists, whose work was published in the journal Nature, suggest that the maximum age we should expect to reach would be 125.

The probability of a maximum recorded age at death exceeding 125 in any given year is less than 1 in 10,000, the study says.

Still, imagine living 125 years. Assuming you’re in good heath, both physically and mentally, sounds like an amazing opportunity if science can make it happen.

If you were 125 right now, you’d have been born in 1891. You would have been just 5 when X-rays were discovered. You would be older than Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. You would have been 21 when the Titanic sank. You would have lived through the golden years of radio, the beginning of television, and every other invention of the 20th century and been old enough to be able to remember them.

If you were 50 today, with a life expectancy of 125, you could expect to live until 2091. As quickly as technology is developing today, can you even imagine what you might see by then?

If you lived until 125, what would you most like to see before you die?

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