Children of today expected to live until 100, new study reveals

Dr Edward Kelly of The Third Act organisation believes Ireland has yet to respond to its aging population.

Children born today can expect to live to the ripe old age of 100, it has been revealed - writes dublinlive.ie.

Statistics also show a person who is now 60 has a 50% chance of reaching 90 and people in the developed world outlive their great grandparents by 30 years.

Dr Edward Kelly of The Third Act organisation believes Ireland has yet to respond to its aging population.

He said: “Medical advancements and technological developments have ensured once people reach 50 they still have a whole lifetime stretching out ahead of them.

“This is exciting, this is an opportunity – this is the ‘third act’ and it is, as yet, totally undefined.

Dr Kelly’s organisation will hold a major conference in Dublin next Thursday addressing the challenges and opportunities for people living longer.

The event will host “a strong line-up” of international and Irish speakers.

Dr Kelly added: “We are helping people to transition into a new adult lifetime which could last 25 to 30 years, and is defined by a new set of needs and opportunities and concerns”.

“People in the third act recognise they are not second actors but don’t feel old either.

“While their bodies aren’t what they were, they are still generally healthy and interested in being actively involved. Old for most people now begins in their 80s.”

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