Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

You May Live a Lot Longer

AgingLife expectancy, especially in America, continues to evolve in unimaginable ways. Phil Mickelson just recently won the P.G.A. Championship. He's 50. Tom Brady just recently won the Super Bowl. He's 43. Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time is 39. And Joe Biden, the newly elected President is 78. 

Accordingly, our evaluation of age is changing as people are living longer and accomplishing things ate older ages. "The fraction of over-85s in the U.S. classified as disabled dropped by a third between 1982 and 2005, while the share who were institutionalized fell nearly in half."

The new adjustment in our conception of age has made researchers "distinguish between 'chronological age'—how old the calendar says you are—and 'biological age'—how old your body seems based on measurements of organ functioning and other markers." 

In this sense, people vary widely as there are factors lie genetics, environment, and lifestyle that come into play. 

Nonetheless, Americans seem to be aging more slowly than before. 

See David Brooks, You May Live a Lot Longer , N.Y. Times, June 3, 2021. 

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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