A birthday is a bit like a New Year – a good time to take stock and consider the rapid passage of time and how we are doing as we age along, relentlessly.
It has been confidently announced by the National Office for Statistics that one in three children born today will reach 100 and a scientist Dr Aubrey De Grey has predicted that the first person to reach 150 years has already been born.
Well, I’m obviously too far along to be in that category, for which I rejoice. And for the young, the prospect of an extremely long life must be very appealing.
However, I say, as someone of that age that refuses to grow old gracefully but has to recognise the physical constraints of advancing years …..
All very well to live to such an advanced age, but what about affording it?
What about working that long? What about who is going to look after such ancients? What about the quality of live of the seriously old? Does living longer make us better off? Read more…