AGING AMERICA: Live to 120? Most say no thanks – Businessweek

An increased lifespan is not necessarily ideal…

But with the field growing, Pew took the public’s pulse and found most Americans wouldn’t want a treatment that would let them live to 120. Fifty-six percent said no thanks — although two-thirds expect most other people would want to try such a step, said the report issued Tuesday.

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The island of long life | World news | The Guardian

The ethnography of longevity might be an interesting pursuit…

Gregoris Tsahas has smoked a packet of cigarettes every day for 70 years. High up in the hills of Ikaria, in his favourite cafe, he draws on what must be around his half-millionth fag. I tell him smoking is bad for the health and he gives me an indulgent smile, which suggests he’s heard the line before. He’s 100 years old and, aside from appendicitis, has never known a day of illness in his life.

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BBC News – Do those who retire early live longer?

So although it may appear to be the case that people who retire earlier will, on average, die earlier – the exact opposite of the claim that’s often made – one can’t deduce that retirement itself is the reason. There is probably no causal connection at all.

But there is some truth behind the suggestion that workers in some professions die earlier than others. That is, perhaps, unsurprising; some jobs are more physically demanding than others, and may be more damaging to health. According to data from UK’s Office for National Statistics, however, the difference – at least in Britain – is not marked.

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