mortality

Attitudes Towards Aging: Looking to Live "Just Long Enough"

At what age do men and women reach their peak

Over the last 100 years we have improved worldwide average lifespan by over 36 years. Today, people in most developed countries live on average more than 85 years.  As we live longer lives, our subjective well-being and our attitudes change accordingly towards aging. In 2012, Havas Worldwide conducted a survey of 7,213 people in 19 countries to understand their attitudes towards aging and growing old.

Which aspects of aging worry you?

What scares us less as the time grows nearer

Hypothetical anti-aging pill

Most of the study respondents (77%) expect to age gracefully, think they are already aging better than their peers, and do not worry about being old until their 70s.  The survey also finds that men and women reach their physical, mental and creative peaks are different ages. Additionally, it seems that people do not just worry about dying too young, but also about living too old. The idea of immortality loses its appeal when permanent youth and good health are not a part of it.

Checkout the entire infographic created by Euro RSCG

How we Die: Cancer. Which cancers kill the most?

Which cancers kill the most?

Which cancers kill the most?

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in developed countries; the first being heart disease. In 2007, cancer accounted for 24% of deaths in England: 110,400 deaths out of the total 470,700. 

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues and organs in our body. Cancer is the general name given to a group of diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in melanocytes of the skin is called melanoma. 

In this infographic we highlight the cancers that kill the most number of people.

Further reading:

Living Longer: Evidence of Abundance

Worldwide Life Expectancy Growth 1820 to 2010

Nothing matters more than your health. Healthy living is priceless. What millionaire wouldn't pay dearly for an extra 10 or 20 years of healthy aging? That's why one of the most important indicators of abundance today is the massive global increase in life expectancy.

  • In 1820, the average lifespan was just 26 years. Twenty-six years!
  • In 1900, it only marginally improved to 31 years old.
  • In 2010, the global average doubled to 67 years, and today in the U.S.A and UK (2014), it comes in at just over 80 years old.

Explore the infographic and read about Human Longevity, Inc.'s project to improve lifespan for all.

How and When We Die - Death Rates from the Major Diseases of Aging

Death rates from the major diseases of aging: The y-axis shows the number of deaths from a particular disease per 100,000 people, and the x-axis indicates the age of death.

Death rates from the major diseases of aging: The y-axis shows the number of deaths from a particular disease per 100,000 people, and the x-axis indicates the age of death.

The five most prevalent cause of death are cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders. Society currently funds extensive biomedical research trying to mitigate each of these diseases without much success. Unfortunately, we forget that these diseases have a common cause, and that cause is aging. As we grow older, our bodies accumulate damage that leads to the various diseases of aging.

The graph above clearly highlights the steep increase in mortality from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders as we get older. Therefore, we must preventatively tackle our bodies’ overall decline from aging and not wait to treat one disease at a time.