Longevity trends continue to show that people are living longer than ever. A recent article in The Atlantic (featured image) titled What Happens When We All Live to 100 reveals that life expectancy has increased by three months per year since 1840. If this trend continues, and it appears to be, life expectancy will be 88 by the middle of this century and 100 by the year 2100. This is a staggering statistic.
Interestingly according to The Atlantic, “the lengthening of life spans seems independent of any single, specific event. It didn’t accelerate much as antibiotics and vaccines became common. Nor did it retreat much during wars or disease outbreaks. The trend holds, in most years, in individual nations rich and poor.”
Make no mistake about it, the odds of you living longer than ever are increasing every day. This is happening whether you like it or not.
But how do you make sense of this if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease or condition? We have all known someone whose life was sadly cut short because of an accident or an injury.
Sadly, there are going to be casualties along the way. Certainly there will be many people who we know that won’t make it to 100. Some people won’t make it to the age of 80. Others, tragically, may not even make it to college or even their first birthday. My father, for example, passed away at 78 after suffering from Alzheimer’s for nearly a decade.
We all know people who have been casualties and passed way too soon, much younger than 100. This is a sad truth and a reality that each of us face when we are confronted with daily choices and the lifestyle that we choose to live.
This leads us to the important discussion about what we can control and what we cannot control. We cannot control when our time is up. However, for most of us, regardless of our family history, our potential is to live an active, healthy, quality life to 80, 90, 100 years and beyond. To get there in style and enjoy the journey along the way it is important that we make 100 Year Lifestyle choices.
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Create a vision for your extended life and make the changes that will support that vision. Develop good habits, make self-care, fitNESS and true healthcare a priority. Enjoy multiple generations and circles of people, lifelong learning, balancing your time between meaningful work and play time, make good financial choices and become more engaged and involved in the community. This whole life plan is what designing and living your ideal 100 Year Lifestyle is all about.
While the trends are likely to continue and the casualties may also affect our families, it doesn’t change the fact that you are still here and able to read this article. Of course, you can also use a little luck. You will find that the better your choices, the more luck you are likely to have.
Share this with a friend. Don’t use the casualties as an excuse to abuse yourself. Make the most of today, make healthier choices today and enjoy a sensational century!
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