A little forgetful
You just opened a drawer to take out something, whatever it was. You can’t quite think what it was. A little later you’re looking for something in the cupboard, not entirely sure what you’re looking for, no matter, you will remember when you go back to the kitchen. That’s because our brain is middle-aged too
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity, but experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again
Apparently, we aren’t just living longer, we are staying healthier until an older age, called ‘compression of morbidity’, and this means that most of us will only suffer severe age-related illnesses in the last year or so of life.
Researchers predict that the baby boomer generation will revolutionise what it means to be old because our attitudes are so different to those of our parents. We’re more likely to be demanding and imaginative consumers of both products and services, seeking out information for ourelves and refusing to be defined by an age-group. But even before the bulk of the boomers retire, lingering stereotypes of the average senior citizen as a frail and passive creature are already out of date.
So welcome to the ageing future, the revolution has already begun.
How old can we go?
Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes we can live to be 1000
How low can they go?
Down through the ages, many cultures have observed that everyone has troubles. “The rain falls on every roof” is an African Proverb that acknowledges this sentiment.
No one goes through life without problems, be it financial troubles, emotional problems, physical ailments, stress, loss of a loved one, divorce, etc. It’s a comfort at the end of a bad day to know that we are not alone in our suffering and that everyone gets hit with something. But who is at the end of the line?