Gone are the days when seniors would spend their days in aprons and feel their slippers staring at the TV newspaper. Today’s 65+ generation is more active, exciting and modern than it was ten or twenty years ago. After all, we are getting old, and who only wants to watch TV for 50 years? Aging Statistics.
When you think of a 70-year-old woman, you automatically have a certain image in mind. Many of us imagine a grandmother with gray hair and a nice face reading a fairy tale to one of her many grandchildren, while her famous apple pie crumbles in the oven and exudes an enticing aroma. Shipped. Certainly no one would object to such a grandmother. But is this cliche (still) true?
Seniors and pensions: when do you consider yourself old?
Seniors are defined as those over the age of 65. And senior is the politically correct term. You only become a grandmother or grandfather when you have grandchildren. This means that in Germany seniors are still obliged to work. Thumbs up, anyway. The retirement age for those born in 1964 or later is 67. Under certain conditions, with compensations or deductions, early retirement is also possible, but no matter what age you want to retire: most people have plans for the PO time. Being absent from work means more time. More time for grandchildren, more time for the garden. But increasingly, on the to-do list of 65-year-olds is “discover new countries”, immigrate, learn something completely new, fulfill a childhood dream and buy a horse or other activities away from Sunday lie at the crime scene.
Life expectancy: this is how old men and women live in Germany
People who pay attention to their health and keep fit even in old age are advised to take this approach. Because such a retirement … can be a hell of a long time. Anyone who retires at 67 may still have 30 satisfactory years ahead of them. This time is about a third of your entire life. At least the number of people who have reached this age is increasing. According to the 2019/2020 mortality table, everyone born today will die at the mean age of 78.6 years (men) or 83.4 years (women). We are getting older.
This can be seen above all when looking at the generations ahead. People born between 1934 and 1936 are almost 60 years old. But the losses in the war make it hard to compare. 1960/1962 are better. So 30 years later. Men celebrated their last birthday at 66, women at 72. If you were born today you can easily pack over ten years old and that’s a huge change.
Health, treatment, working conditions and wealth – that’s why we age
The main reasons for the increase in our life expectancy are advances in research and medicine. Classic age-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, are much easier to treat today than a few years ago. 40 years ago, the probability of dying from a heart attack was five times higher than it is today. Prevention is also an important factor. Beginning with infant mortality. The more and better diseases and causes of death can be researched, the better they can be treated and sometimes even prevented. Or at least keep the probability as low as possible.
The better the country is economically, the higher the average life expectancy of the population. No wars, comprehensive healthcare, good working and living conditions have a huge impact on extending life.
130 and over: How old will people be in the future?
Some researchers have explored this question. One of them was Timothy Pyrkov. Together with his team, he came up with an impressive character that he published in the journal Natural Communications. Scientists have calculated the maximum human life span of 120 to 150 years. Immunity decreases with age. It describes the ability of the body (but also the mind) to renew itself constantly. According to Pyrkow’s researchers, this ability finds its “natural limitation” at this age at the latest.
So if you remember this possibility, by the age of 65 you are already beyond the first third of your life. And you still have an almost infinite amount of time to make the following years the best years of your life.