Jane Fonda, the actress and fitness guru who helped millions of baby boomers through mid-life weight problems now has a new focus: aging.
What is the secret to a long and happy relationship?
According to Rhode Island-based Raymond and Lucille Lavoie, who have been married for 70 years, the answer is ‘give and take.’ UK-based Fred and Alicia Smith, who have also been married for 70 years, say the secret is staying active together. Whatever the answer, it’s clear that romance has never been only for the young. With greater longevity, and therefore more time, can we expect more romance in the future? A look back to the past helps with the answer.
The United States is a wealthy and successful superpower, so you’d think that when it comes to life expectancy, its citizens would be in the top 10, right? Not even close: the US currently ranks 42 among the world’s countries, a bad sign for long-term economic growth, which is strongly correlated with longevity.
Americans are living longer than ever before, but gains in longevity are not distributed evenly throughout the country. The gaps, which in some cases span decades, have the potential to either get better or worse depending upon longevity technology adoption patterns, making this the right time to start thinking about the issue.
When it comes to “designer babies,” the line is not so clear.
New bio- and nanotechnologies developed to smooth old age could help make their users more eco-friendly.
Longevity is playing a role in remaking the face of family.
Longer life expectancies may change the institution of marriage.
Some people are born with genes that prevent problems like high cholesterol and weak immune systems, while others are not. It’s what scientists call the ‘genetic lottery.’ But what if science could make everyone a winner?
Are you an older parent, a young parent, or not a parent at all? Today, all these options are possible and acceptable, making ideas about the ‘traditional’ family obsolete.