Long life in the 21st Century – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Social scientists ask, what could be better than to have twice as long as your ancestors to live your life, to realize your goals, and to be with the people you love and care about?
Carstensen: There could be nothing better than to double the length of time a species survives.
Narrator: Dr. Laura Carstensen from the Stanford Center on Longevity says life expectancy has nearly doubled over the last 100 years.
Carstensen: There's nothing inherently wrong with longer lives, but there is something terribly wrong with adding years of life and not changing the way we live.
Narrator: Carstensen pointed out at a recent NIH lecture that science can ultimately help people anticipate and plan for longer futures. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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