Summary of What If You Are Still Alive in 2100?

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What If You Are Still Alive in 2100? summary
Societies must begin preparing for human life spans of 100+ years.


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Human beings increasingly will live to 100 and beyond. Alas, societies are unprepared for prolonged longevity and are ignoring an impending crisis. In this World Economic Forum discussion, a panel of experts addresses the broad ramifications of graying societies. getAbstract recommends this ambitious yet somewhat meandering conversation to politicians, health care administrators and anyone responsible for paving the road to a harmonious, grayer future.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How human beings can feasibly live to 100 years and beyond,
  • What consequences an aging population portends for society and the economy, and
  • Why global leaders must immediately plan for this inevitable transition.


A human life expectancy of 150 years is not unrealistic. Today’s centenarians endure mainly due to genetic reasons. Human beings will live longer not by discovering an elixir or magic gene but by understanding the aging process and negotiating...
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About the Speakers

Nancy Gibbs is managing editor of Time magazine. Elizabeth Blackburn won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2009. Lynda Gratton is a professor of management practices at the London Business School. Derek Yach is chief health officer of Vitality Institute. Thomas DeRosa is CEO of Welltower.

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