The future of aging
What impact might the expansion of health span have on society?
In a future of health focused on preventing disease, aging may no longer be defined by disease, but, rather, extended vitality. This shift could have far-reaching implications.
What impact might the expansion of health span—the amount of time that one is healthy in life—have on society? The future of aging could look radically different than the experiences people have today.
The future of health and what it may mean for aging
While longevity has increased in the last century, the years we have gained were not added to the end of life. Instead, says Dr. Laura Carstensen at the Stanford Center on Longevity, those “extra” years have been added to the middle of life.1 Still, today the average health span (age 63) stops more than a decade short of the average life span (age 79).2 But a future more focused on maintaining health and well-being, supported by radically interoperable data on health and lifestyle, could extend that time further.
Claire Boozer Cruse