Growing longevity means average life expectancy now plausibly includes a 100 year life or more for those born in the West today. Considerable scientific excitement is being focused on the Gilgamesh project and the notion that by focusing on ageing as a disease we may see even more dramatic increases in life expectancy in the years to come. In the social sciences this increased longevity is usually turned into a focus on ageing and end of life with all the attendant challenges that produces in terms of pensions, social care and frailty.
However, longevity is about all of life and not just end of life. In response to greater longevity society needs to restructure time and how we structure our life, create new stages and new ages and adjust career structures and social and financial institutions to deal with greater longevity and new risks.
Based on his recent book “The 100 Year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity”, co authored with Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott considers some of the broader implications for social science and society of living longer.
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