Young and old Americans, it turns out, have very similar worries about aging, according to a fascinating new survey unveiled at the American Society on Aging conference I recently attended in Chicago.
Age 70 is becoming the new target retirement age in the U.S. Half of all workers age 60 and older plan to retire at age 70 or not at all, a recent survey by CareerBuilder found. Given the longer lives Americans can expect, working longer is inevitable. During the last half of the 20th century, the number of years in retirement expanded dramatically, due to people living longer and retiring earlier. According to a report by the Stanford Center on Longevity, the average period of retirement increased from eight years in 1950 to more than 20 years in the early 21st century.
This wish to preserve life as we know it, even at the cost of dying, is profoundly human. We are encoded with the belief that death is the mother of beauty. And we are encoded, too, with the contradictory determination to remain exactly as we are, forever—or at least for just a bit longer, before we have to go.
The Stanford Center on Longevity marked its 10th anniversary with the launch of the Sightlines project. The initiative is intended to redefine how people can live healthier lives. The Sightlines project started about a year ago with a study on how Americans are preparing themselves for longer lifespans. Tamara Sims a researcher at the center, said in an interview with Stanford News that people are living longer than before but that the human race is not prepared. Sims added that the point of the Center on Longevity is to prepare Americans to live happier lives as they grow older.
Students from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) won first place in the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2017 held in California, TechJuice reported.
The team from NUST, comprising of Hooriya Anam, Awais Shafique, and Arsalan Javed, defeated teams from across the world with their anti-tremor prototype project TAME.
According to a recent study by the Stanford Center on Longevity, three out of four Americans say that they want to live to 100 if they can do so in good health. The center celebrates its 10th anniversary with a newly launched website for its flagship Sightlines project to redefine how people can live healthier and more fruitful lives. The project began a year ago with a study on how Americans are preparing for longer lifespans.
A new documentary by Christine Herbes-Sommers, F71, takes on the challenges America faces as more people live longer.
The global transition to an older population “will require innovation and change in virtually every social institution in any society that wants to continue to be productive and humane,” she says.
As senior vice president for HP Inc.’s laser-jet business unit, Pradeep Jotwani put in 70-hour workweeks and traveled tens of thousands of miles each year, leaving him little time for much else. So when he turned 60 two years ago, he was ready to wrap up his 28-year career at HP. Yet he dreaded the thought of retiring. Then he heard about Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, a yearlong program for executives and professionals mostly in their 50s and 60s who, like him, were grappling with what to do after ending successful careers.
Getting retirement right is a big deal. Getting it wrong is even worse. The data vary from survey to survey, but we know for a fact that far too many Americans have saved little (or nothing) and most of the rest of us probably haven’t saved enough. Fidelity Investments decided to tackle this problem with a short but in-depth survey based on retirement assumptions people make. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most Americans missed these eight key retirement questions — and some were way, way off.
Single, childless and 68, Steven Gold has begun to think about future mobility and independence. Although in good health, he can foresee a time when he won’t be a confident driver, if he can drive at all. While he hopes to continue to live in his suburban Detroit home, he wonders how he will be able to get to places like his doctor’s office and the supermarket if his driving becomes impaired. For Mr. Gold and other older adults, self-driving cars might be a solution.