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Who Wants to Live to 120? Hardly Anyone
Posted By Candy Sagon On August 7, 2013 @ 7:45 am In Health Talk | Comments Disabled
Most Americans would say, “No thanks,” according to a new survey  by the Pew Research Center.
The researchers wanted to know Americans’ views on aging – after all, one in five will be age 65  by 2050 – as well as the recent push for medical research and advances to extend our life  expectancy.
Turns out, we’re not so thrilled about it.
“Many Americans do not look happily on the prospect of living much longer lives ,” the researchers wrote. In the report, called “Living to 120 and Beyond,” just 9 percent of respondents said they would want to live past 100.
About 70 percent thought the ideal lifespan would be somewhere between ages 79 and 100, with 90 years being the median desired lifetime. (That’s better than the current life expectancy in the U.S., which is 78.7.)
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Asked if they would undergo a medical treatment that could slow aging and extend their life to 120 or older, 56 percent said they personally wouldn’t want it, but 68 percent thought that other people might want to.
Americans were also split on the consequences of such a life-prolonging treatment: 51 percent thought it would be bad for society – a drain on natural resources and bad for the economy, for example – while 41 percent thought it would be good.
The survey of 2,012 adults was conducted in March and April of this year. Among its other findings:
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