Shaping a response to this longevity revolution (or evolution as I’m preferring to see it) is ours to do together. But not just as a crush of older people, but rather as a generational convergence.
What are the expectations of an extended life time for someone who is today’s 25 -30 year old when tracked on a simultaneous time line beside the tracks of the lives of their parents and grandparents?
Ageing. It’s not meant to be a twilight zone experience. You have to hang close to the conversations in the same space with the 25, 65 and 85. As Alexandre Kalache purports, we are starved for a new standard language, a new frame of reference for a longevity society. If we accept the phrase “active ageing” as the standard then it needs to be applied universally, not just as another Boomer mantra.
Back to our UK friends at the House of Lords, what we are heading to is longevity evolution based on the construction of a new social policy deal. The Annex 7 of the Ready for Ageing Report is titled, “fairness between and within generations”.
If we’re going to expect the concept of active aging to describe a new pro-active life course model, then everyone in the generational food chain is going to have to contribute to paying the way and shaping the response for living longer – outside the old narrative of retirement, pensions, health and home care spending, and whatever else an affordable longevity will require.