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Posted on 26 May 2020

The 100-Year Life

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity. Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

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In The 100-Year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, published on 2 June 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott outline the challenges and intelligent choices that all of us, of any age, need to make in order to turn greater life expectancy into a gift and not a curse. This is not an issue for when we are old but an urgent and imminent one.

The majority of children born in rich countries today can expect to live to more than a 100. This increase in life expectancy has been happening for decades and yet we continue to structure our lives the way our parents or even grandparents did.

Unless deep seated social change occurs then a longer life is a gloomy prospect making longevity a curse and not a gift. Our current practices are ill equipped to cope with a 100-year life. We either can’t afford to retire at the age our parents did or will have to work for so long that our mental and physical fitness as well as our enthusiasm for life could suffer. Individuals, companies and governments all have a role to play in ensuring we structure our lives differently so we can make the most of a longer life.

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