When I’m 104

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Nov 15, 2002
George Anderson

By George Anderson


“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”


– Paul McCartney/John Lennon


According to an American scientist, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney may need to revise the lyrics to his song as he and others of the baby boom generation live to 100 and beyond.


Dr. Robert Goldman, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine Advancements at Oklahoma State sees humans living to 120 years of age with advancements in areas such as biotechnology, gene therapy and nanopharmaceuticals.


Dr. Goldman told The Australian daily newspaper, “You’re going to have very large segments of the population that are 100, 110, 120 in relatively good health at some point in the not too distant future.


“Certainly within 50 years we’ll see quite a few of those.”


Moderator’s Comment: How will longer life spans affect
the workplace and the consumer marketplace?


The Guardian says that a new research study has
found “many companies are failing to change recruitment policies that discriminate
against older workers, despite the fact that the older generation will be increasingly
integral to the workforce of the future.” [George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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