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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.

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.


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 early in life the avoidable causes of heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancer – the “common killers” of elderly people. This improved understanding will allow people to remain productive and to contribute to the economy longer. “Wellness” – a blend of good health, nutrition, safety, mobility and cognition – is a primary concern for the elderly...

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