Life becomes less precious

@ohjanet , @Stefanie - beautiful thoughts, thank you! You’ve made me smile and look forward towards my own golden years :slight_smile:

Well, this calls my argument into question…

One in five Americans wants to live forever

That’s an interesting divergence! What do you think explains it?

There are other researchers who come to different conclusions. (Nir Barzilai, David Ewing Duncan), with much smaller percentages of audiences saying they want to live forever.

It does seem understandable to me, though, that the older you are, the less likely you are to want to live forever. After all, the older you are, the more likely you are to have loved ones die and to see some impairment in your own abilities. Who wants to live forever while in pain or with diminishing capacity or alone?

Instead, I hope to spend more time with younger people as I age, living forever by contributing to their lives and memories. Maybe we can all live forever – if we stop being quite so literal about it? :wink:

There could be an alternative explanation: Nir Barzilai is almost certainly lecturing mostly to audiences comprised of mainly old people. It may be that for many, the passion for life that they experience in youth and young adulthood, dwindles into a more consistent and low-tune desire to keep on living. Could it be that this difference in attitude is also the result of physiological changes (hormones, chemicals in the brain, etc.) and if we rejuvenate the body, we may also rekindle the passion for life?

@stephanie you’re right I also think that the older people in this study voted not wanting to live longer than normal because currently there really isn’t a better, viable option for them.

Tagging on to what @Roey was saying, if we can find ways in the near future towards significant rejuvenation of the body and mind and thus improving quality of life, I suspect many of those people will jump over to wanting to live longer because life truly is so precious!

Amen to that!

I, for one, would love to live longer if it meant I’d be able to kayak, hike, and explore new places with my future great-grandchildren!

Living longer or living healthier?

Close to two in five over the age of 70, have trouble eating, bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed, or using the toilet on their own. Several factors (food, genes, environmental conditions, lifestyles) determine how long and active you will be at 80 and beyond.

Researchers from the University of Chicago and Harvard Kennedy School, in the 16-page report, recommended five key evidence-based policy recommendations titled ‘A Roadmap Towards Cleaning India’s Air’. They have developed the air quality life index (AQLI), a metric that provides a means to predict the overall reduction in life expectancy caused by living in places with high levels of air pollution.

@tblue, @anastasiyakgia and @joannabensz, you might be interested in this discussion as well. What were your takeaways from the lab on this?