(K. Brent Tomer),
The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity. By Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott. Bloomsbury; 264 pages; $28 and £18.99.
IT USED to be rare to live to 100. But the progress of science has meant that over the past two centuries every year has added three months to average life expectancy, at least in rich countries. If “The 100-Year Life” by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott is correct, half the children born in the rich world today are likely to live to 100.
Predicting future life expectancies is not easy. Some say there are fundamental limits to the continued extension of the average lifespan, and that further gains may become disproportionately hard to achieve. It is certainly true that reducing child mortality or cardiac diseases in middle age—the low-hanging fruit of increased longevity—have all been reached.
How to look after all these elderly folk is a different problem. Governments around the world are already struggling to support growing numbers of retired people who depend on a shrinking working population. Eighteen OECD countries have raised pension ages….Continue reading