Bronwen Maddox introduces the March issueby Bronwen Maddox / February 20, 2013 / Leave a comment
Published in March 2013 issue of Prospect Magazine
Would it change your life if you thought you were likely to live to 100? That is becoming “the new normal.” The Office for National Statistics has said that a third of babies born in Britain last year are expected to live for a full century (£), a projection repeated across the industrialised world, despite the scourge of obesity and other “diseases of the rich.” The preserve of a few will be common.
What might you do with all those years—those “bonus years,” as Garrison Keillor puts it (£)? “Lovely. I think I’m ready for it,” he concludes, though noting that “the medical care that delivers you to your centenary does not guarantee that the package arrives intact.” For Wendell Steavenson (£), it would be “a second act.”