In the United States, as many as half of today’s 5-year-olds can expect to live to the age of 100, and this once unattainable milestone may become the norm for newborns by 2050. Yet, the social institutions, norms and policies that await these future centenarians evolved when lives were only half as long and need updating. In 2018, The Stanford Center on Longevity launched an initiative called The New Map of Life, believing that one of the most profound transformations of the human experience calls for equally momentous and creative changes in the ways we lead these 100-year lives, at every stage. We can meet challenges that longevity creates if we act now, guided by these principles:
1. Make the Most of the 100-Year Opportunity
2. Invest in Future Centenarians to Deliver Big Returns 3. Align Health Spans to Life Spans 4. Prepare to Be Amazed by the Future of Aging 5. Life Transitions Are a Feature, Not a Bug 6. Learn Throughout Life 7. Work More Years, With More Flexibility
8. Build Financial Security from The Start 9. Age Diversity Is a Net Positive for Societies — and the Bottom Line
10. Build Longevity-Ready Communities
Do rules created when most people lived only to 50 or 60 still make sense when more and more people live to 100? Longer lives are, at once, among the most remarkable achievements in all of human history and one of the great challenges of the 21st century. How can we ensure that our lives are not just longer, but healthy and rewarding as well? Century Lives, the new podcast from the Stanford Center on Longevity, is here to start the conversation.