The New Old Age

“At 20 we kill pleasure, at 30 taste it, at 40 we are sparing of it, at 50 we seek it, and at 60 we regret it.”

La Belle Assemblee, 1807

We’ll need to add on some new decades now that a paper published this month in the medical journal The Lancet said most babies born in developed countries would live to celebrate their 100th birthday. That begs the quantity vs. quality question. As the article asked, are functional limitations being postponed as well? They concluded most people are living longer without severe disability.

So I think I’ll try to stick with the spirit of the 50’s whatever my age…


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