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Now we live longer lives, here’s what we’ll need to do differently

Academic Sarah Harper says the days of a partner for life are over. But marriage isn't the only thing that will need to change as we (hopefully) enjoy our longer lives

By Julian Baggini  

As we live longer, our relationships, jobs and sense of life all must change. Photo: Pixabay

A generation or so ago, many wished for a job for life, a spouse for life, and were happy with a home for life, a bank for life, even furniture for life. With average life expectancy now topping 81, however, all these expectations have been challenged.

Most gave up on a job for life long ago and when Sarah Harper, an Oxford Professor of Gerontology, said this week that the days of a partner…

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