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Ready For Turn of the Century? Women May Live to 120

Are you saving for your retirement? You better start! Science suggests that women could live to age 120. Women are biologically better equipped to fight off disease, and the Times of London reports that older women today are already proving that a longer life span doesn't mean more years of early bird specials, bingo, and daytime television. At least not right away:

Plenty of women are happily going about their business, at 60, caring for their grandchildren and fitting in a Pilates session before buying a frock with their daughter at Comptoir des Cotonniers. Why not? They have may another five decades.

So thanks to our superior genetic makeup, and conditional on our ability to save for the inevitable health expenses, scientists believe we'll be able to fit more workouts and shopping into five decades of retirement. Would you want to live to 120?

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VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 6 years
I'd only like it, if the ones I love were just as old and we'd all have to be able bodied
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
That sounds awful to me! No thank you!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
If I'm healthy and can still be independent and take care of myself, then sure. My only concern is look at the problems we already have with people living longer. It stresses society to take care of them, and we have such a gap between values and ideals between the young and old as it is and they are hard to reconcile. With such long lifespans, we are not doing anything to reduce overpopulation/overconsumption of society.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
As long as I'm relatively healthy, I'd love to live that long!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
If I take care of myself now, and am able to care for myself then, yes I would like to live to 120. If I can't wipe my own bum then no.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I'd so go for being a cyborg, personally. Think of all the neat robot powers you could get!
janneth janneth 6 years
The human body is not meant to live that long? Hmm, a few hundred years ago 40 was considered old. You really can't say how long the human body is meant to last. My thought is, yeah, there is really gonna be enough money to support retirees. Ha! People will have to work until age 100.
mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
No thanks. The human body is not meant to live for that long, that's why we need heart transplants and hip replacements. I hope we don't become bionic at age 120. We aren't meant to live forever, the fountain of youth is through procreation if you must seek it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Only if I get to be healthy, and living independently.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
If everyone else is also living to 120, then sure, it'd be fun to see what all is going on for an extra few decades! However, I wouldn't want to live to be 120 if everyone I cared about died (that happened to my great-aunt. She outlived everyone she cared deeply about and basically spent the last 15-20 years of her life literally waiting to die... they day she died was a very happy one because we knew she wasn't sad anymore, I love her and I miss her, but I'm happy she's dead), or if I was confined to a nursing home or unable to live on my own anymore/was a burden on my family. But if I was still active and get-up-and-go, then heck yes, I think old age looks fun anyways. And as the sticker my grandma had on her fridge said: "Do not regret growing old, it is a privilege, denied to many"
fizzlez fizzlez 6 years
who cares the world is ending in two years
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 6 years
Not really. What's the point of living until you're 120 if you're still wrinkly? Why can't scientists find a way to stop aging? I'd gladly live until 120 if I can look fit and young.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 6 years
I seriously hope I'm dead before 60. I do NOT want to be around when this world goes straight to hell in a handbasket. 120? No thanks.
bexdarling bexdarling 6 years
If this is true, I actually find it very exciting. Women today are looking younger and younger, without plastic surgery, because of modern medicine and contemporary knowledge of health and female body. I wouldn't be surprised if 60 was the new middle-aged, or upset! Not being "over the hill" until I'm sixty-five would not be so awful, would it? I don't think I'd be scared to know what I'm like at 120 because it wouldn't be anything like the elderly of the past, the elderly of the 21st century are a whole new group. I'm much more afraid of not having enough time, as morbid as that is, to spend with my children, grandchildren, to achieve the goals I have set for my life... 120 years in our beautiful world would be such a gift. I hope I can be one of those pioneer women to live happily and healthily for a century onwards! :)
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I suppose living longer would be alright if your mind and body are still in tact. Otherwise, no, I don't really want to live that long.
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
As long as I'm able to live my life myself and not have to be taken care of, sure. I'm not afraid of getting old or dying or anything, it's the process of falling apart that freaks me out, and if my mother and grandmother are any indication... I need to start preventing this now. (My mother has had both of her knees replaced and she's only 54, and my grandmother has had her hip replaced and will probably be getting one or both knees done.) Okay, this kind of went off on a tangent, sorry...
chillchic chillchic 6 years
On second thought, yeah i wanna live to be 120, I'd love to see all the changes in the world.
chillchic chillchic 6 years
It depends. Living that old could mean losing MANY people close to you, including children and grandkids. I don't know if I could withstand all of the pain. Besides, I want to know how i'd look at 100. My grandma is 88 and she gets sad about no longer looking like she used to (she was gorgeous). I don't know how i'd feel about my face at 110.
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