Live to 100. Plan on It

We think it is a good day when senior living residents in Denver are talking about living to 100! 

Jeanne Calment was a typical woman of her time. Born in Arles, France, in 1875, she lived a rather unremarkable life by most accounts — except for one thing. When she died in 1997 at the age of 122, she was on record as the oldest person to have ever lived. “I just kept getting older and couldn’t help it,” she once said.

So what does the extraordinary life of this ordinary woman have to do with us today? More than you might think. In her day, living to 100 was extremely rare. But today in the United States, people 100 and over represent the second-fastest-growing age group in the country. The fastest? People over 85. Many 65-year-olds today will live well into their 90s.

Think of it another way: A 10-year-old child today — maybe your grandchild — has a 50 percent chance of living to age 104. Some demographers have even speculated that the first person ever to live to be 150 is alive today.

I’m not suggesting that we should expect to live to 122, but as individuals and as a society, we need to prepare for a time when it is common to live to 100. We have to create a new mind-set around aging and solutions for helping us to live better as we live longer — what I call Disrupt Aging. There are three areas where this is really important: health, wealth and self.

Read more here: Plan to Live to Age 100 – AARP

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