Is 75 the New 65?
"Younger for Longer"
Over the course of the 20th century, life expectancy increased around 10 years for each generation. What this means in practice is that a 75-year-old today has the same mortality rate as a 65-year-old in 1950. So perhaps 75 really is the new 65.
Over the same period, the average age of the U.S. population has increased from around 32 to 38, while the average mortality rate has fallen by 13%. As a result, the average U.S. citizen has never been older, but also has never had so long left to live.
This decline in mortality rates has implications for the understanding of old age. If we are, on average, healthier at each chronological age, then biological aging is occurring more slowly. We are, in effect, younger for longer.
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