Friday, August 16, 2013

How old is old enough?

Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project did a story on a recent Pew survey on attitudes towards longevity. The story about the report, Living to 120 and Beyond: Americans Views on Aging, Medical Advances and Radical Life Extensions covers the high points of the study, a pdf of which is available here. This is interesting reading and the report has an application to our classes. Consider these quotes from the story:

"Yet many Americans do not look happily on the prospect of living much longer lives. They see peril as well as promise in biomedical advances, and more think it would be a bad thing than a good thing for society if people lived decades longer than is possible today, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Asked whether they, personally, would choose to undergo medical treatments to slow the aging process and live to be 120 or more, a majority of U.S. adults (56%) say “no.” But roughly two-thirds (68%) think that most other people would. And by similarly large margins, they expect that radically longer life spans would strain the country’s natural resources and be available only to the wealthy."As far as how old is old enough to live:

As far as how old is old enough to live:

"Asked how long they would like to live, more than two-thirds (69%) cite an age between 79 and 100. The median ideal life span is 90 years – about 11 years longer than the current average U.S. life expectancy, which is 78.7 years."

 

Becky Morgan

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