31.07.2011 29.Tammus, 5771
Ya’acov Ben Shaul thinks that with ever-increasing lifespans mean we will need to rethink the entire concept of growing old.
Anyone who raises a glass and exclaims “Until 120!” to an elderly person on his or her birthday expresses a wish for a long life, but has no real expectation that the celebrant will reach the age at which Moses made his departure.
Today, the average Israeli lives around 77 to 80 years, meaning this country has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, Westerners were grateful to reach 50.
While most are unlikely to emulate Moses in longevity, they will live longer than ever in coming decades – and thus face the need to change everything, from their lifestyle and expectations to careers and partners….