Research suggests that you could live longer than you think

New research suggests the upper limit on mortality may be higher than 115 years.

You could live longer than you think

A high-profile research paper released in 2016 concluded that the maximum human lifespan appears to be stuck around 115 years of age, due to a by-product of genetic programmes that control processes such as growth and development.

The paper received significant media attention, so five separate teams of researchers decided to further examine the data. The five teams have since presented a compelling case that there is no evidence to suggest that we are approaching our upper limit on mortality, and that such a limit may even be considerably higher than 115 years.

“The evidence points towards no looming limit. At present the balance of the evidence suggests that if there is a limit it is above 120, perhaps much above – and perhaps there is not a limit at all,” said Max Planck from the Institute for Demographic Research in Germany.

“It’s the worst piece of research I’ve ever read in Nature magazine,” said Prof James Vaupel from the Institute for Demographic Research in Germany. “I was outraged that a journal I highly respect would publish such a travesty.”

The oldest human who ever lived, according to official records, was 122-year-old Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in 1997. The current oldest living person is 117 year-old Violet Brown from Jamaica.

Longevity looks a little brighter for females than males, with the top 15 longest living people ever all being female. The longest living male was 16th ranked Japanese Jiroemon Kimura, who lived to 116.

If you had the choice, would you choose to live until 120 years of age? Do you believe we will reach a longevity limit? Or will technology combined with our bodies do away with such issues?

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    MICK
    4th Jul 2017
    10:03am
    Sounds like an attention grabber for the retirement community Drew.
    I once read that when cells reproduced they NEVER produced a totally exact copy. A bit like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy. Eventually you get something a long way from the original.
    I doubt whether you can ever extend life past a certain limit but maybe technology way down the track may find a way.
    Personally 'life' in its current form is not all that crash hot anyway so who wants to live forever. I wish those who do a long life and all the best.
    grounded
    4th Jul 2017
    10:18am
    Thanks Mick....in 2525, I will give you a kind thought....
    Rosret
    4th Jul 2017
    11:49am
    Yes, Mick that was my understanding as well. Thank heavens we don't live forever.
    Ted Wards
    4th Jul 2017
    10:27am
    Tell them their dreaming.... I work with people in their late 90's. The one common comment is "I've lived too long." Seriously with everything thats been happening in politics in this country lately, I think the likely scenario is more along the lines of Logan's Run!
    Tib
    4th Jul 2017
    2:22pm
    Yes Ted...... I wake up in the morning and everything hurts, I'm only 61. My wife's mother, a really lovely woman told me when she was in her eighties that she would like to wake one morning with no pain. Never happened and death gave her her only relief. I used to think that it was unfair that women live longer than men, but now I think good luck to them it is nothing I wish for.
    I also laugh at a world that is overpopulated with too high a birth rate, imagine what would happen if we didn't die either! I expect the option to live longer will only be given to rich people. Or we can all live longer in an ever increasing pile of waste and filth.
    John from Perth
    4th Jul 2017
    11:37am
    I think euthanasia should be available for those that wish it and compulsory for Politicians.
    MICK
    4th Jul 2017
    11:57am
    Politicians? Love it.
    Triss
    4th Jul 2017
    1:45pm
    "compulsory for Politicians"...thanks, John from Perth, I needed a good giggle.
    Suze
    6th Jul 2017
    1:45pm
    Good one JP :)
    *Loloften*
    10th Jul 2017
    5:55am
    Ditto, especially for Pollies & those who've just "had enough pain/suffering."
    KB
    4th Jul 2017
    2:52pm
    A person would have to be well and have enough money to be able to live a longer life If I was well and had enough money yes I would like to.
    Jennie
    4th Jul 2017
    3:26pm
    In an overpopulated world living longer is unethical. Also Weltschmerz is inevitable, especially in a world with so many wars. With instant news these days, keeping one's head in the sand and ignoring tragedy, terrorism, and both human and animal suffering is impossible.
    MICK
    4th Jul 2017
    3:55pm
    If we manage to avoid a nuclear war (unlikely) then population will get us.
    A well regarded botanist by the name of Malthus postulated that a species would continue to grow in numbers until it ate itself out of existence. Mankind is heading that way fast and the destruction of the natural world is no different to a rabbit plague. Everything before both is destroyed. And then you get something like drought or some other unexpected plague and we are there.
    They say the human species is 'intelligent'. I highly doubt that.
    Jennie
    4th Jul 2017
    4:21pm
    I totally agree with you Mick. I sometimes wonder if the human race is a failed experiment of evolution and it really doesn't matter if we die out. There may be a successful humanoid race in another universe - who knows. I do not agree with Stephen Hawking that we should consider colonising the moon. No traveling to foul other moons/worlds while we haven't learned not to shit in our own nest.
    Patriot
    4th Jul 2017
    9:04pm
    Mick,
    Greed outgrows & overshadows intellect every time!
    Human history conclusively proves that theory!
    Old Man
    4th Jul 2017
    5:15pm
    Old age is never a set of numbers, it's a state of mind. Sure, the numbers dictate entitlements and when to get a letter from a politician or royalty but none of those things make life any better. Some people are "old" at 65 whilst others in their 90's are still very active, driving themselves, living in their own homes and enjoying life. I don't want to become a burden on others or have pain that stops me enjoying life.
    Patriot
    4th Jul 2017
    6:16pm
    Agree OM,
    It's quality rather than quantity that counts
    STUFF BigPharna!!!!!
    MICK
    5th Jul 2017
    9:45am
    State of mind? Tell me about that after a hard day in the garden or a day on the skis. Whilst I never feel sorry for myself my body keeps sending me messages I don't want to hear. I'm happy that it's different for you.
    *Loloften*
    10th Jul 2017
    5:58am
    Yes Patriot, quality over quantity in everything, including lifespan

    4th Jul 2017
    9:57pm
    All the more reason to raise the retirement age to 75
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2017
    5:12am
    Why, Raphael? So rich seat-warmers can enjoy prosperous longevity and those whose bodies are destroyed by low-paid hard work and often dangerous or stressful working conditions can suffer either pain and exhaustion or severe poverty until they drop dead from overwork?

    Once again, you demonstrate a complete lack of respect for others, let alone compassion or empathy.
    MICK
    5th Jul 2017
    9:47am
    Thank you Malcolm. Your decree has been heard....but then WE the people are not in the position of wealth and abuse of the tax system that you are.
    *Loloften*
    10th Jul 2017
    6:05am
    How old are u Raphael? Obviously not old enough yet....good luck when 70+, hope your back/knees/gastro-intestinals/heart/liver et al are all working as well as a 10yr old car - that's the best u'll get to date.
    musicveg
    4th Jul 2017
    9:58pm
    As long as you have good health, are active, and still enjoying life, why not live longer, I hope to live a long life and healthy life, curious to see how the world will turn out.
    Chrissy L
    4th Jul 2017
    11:26pm
    Talking about longevity, I wonder how many people have the same situation as me. I emigrated to Oz as a 10GBP Pom in 1970. I have a child here. I think I have worked hard, became an Australian Citizen and have done my bit, own my own home,paid my taxes, never been on Centrlink benefits, until I retired on a Aged Pension, worked hard. I am now a Widow ,on a part pension, but I am not rich. My Mum who is in Aged Care in the UK, now wants to join me for company & support, she is 87, has a few health issues and is very lonely, but is financially secure and could pay her way. I sometimes get calls from her in the early hours of the morning, crying about being lonely. The immigration hurdles to get her over here to live with me are huge and cost mega bucks. I would like to look after my Mum in her twilight years, but it is not easy to get her over here to live with me, so I can care for her. Both my Brother in the UK and I have got her into a good care facility, so she will be safe and cared for, but she is still so very lonely and upset and really wants to be with me, her daughter, her family. When are the Government going to do something to assist us to look after and care for our Aged Parents in their later years and give them some happiness before they pass away. In a Non Contributary Visa application, there is a wait of 30 years! In a very expensive Sponsored Visa Application there is a wait up to 2 years. How does that help a very sad and lonely lady who is 87 and is very sad & lonely. In a caring Country we should encourage looking after Family. Not making the hurdles difficult for us. This is about looking after our elderly family so we should be assisted to make it easier. We don't want to be a burden on the health system, she would pay her way, just want to make an old lady happy, safe, secure and comfortable in her last years.
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2017
    5:16am
    And if you are a pensioner, you can't even make an extended visit without losing a substantial chunk of your income - if not all. A carer I know wanted to take her disabled husband to visit their child, who had married a foreigner and gone to live abroad. The disabled husband could not fly, so a long sea voyage was the only way. The carer has an onerous responsibility to attend to her disabled husband's special needs while travelling - but the carer allowance is cut off because they are overseas more than 6 weeks. How is that reasonable? If the man was not disabled they could fly and take several shorter visits at much lower cost and without loss of income, but because disability imposes huge challenges, they suffer penalty.
    Jenny
    5th Jul 2017
    12:18am
    I can't imagine wanting to live even to 120. 100 would be way more than enough! Just think about how long you would have to work to provide enough funds to last out your lifetime, and what the effects would be on the younger generations coming through. Old age pensions would have to be scrapped because the public funds wouldn't be available to provide them. The push to extend life at all costs is a very selfish attitude with little thought given to the effects this would have on society and the environment.
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2017
    5:18am
    I agree, Jenny. Most folk I know who reach 90 have had enough of life. Some want to get to 100, but few seem eager to live past the century mark. The quality of life reduces with extreme age, and I doubt many are eager to be alive just for the sake of being alive.
    Strummer
    5th Jul 2017
    7:59am
    Not if it means years of debilitation.
    MICK
    5th Jul 2017
    9:48am
    I admire people who, despite obvious pain in their lives, manage to smile and get on with life. We need more of them.
    ex PS
    5th Jul 2017
    12:53pm
    If I have to live longer under this government, no thanks, it is like being offered a quick death or the death of a thousand cuts. That's tax cuts for the rich that is paid for by the Retirees.
    musicveg
    5th Jul 2017
    1:24pm
    Exactly why they want to raise the pension entitlement up even further, so they can get more money to pay themselves and their buddies in big business. Many pensioners will end up on the lower Newstart allowance. 95% of oil, coal and gas companies don't pay any taxes to Australia, why not start with that and we can afford pensions for all no questions asked. Check out Getup if you want to join the movement to make changes for a fairer economy.

    5th Jul 2017
    5:16pm
    People are living longer because they are much healtheri, due to advances in medicine and a relatively easy life compared to previous generations.

    We cannot afford to fund the pension for 30-40 years per person.

    So it makes sense that we work till 75 and still enjoy 20 years of living off the taxpayer - fair compromise
    musicveg
    5th Jul 2017
    5:25pm
    Yes we can afford pensions, our politicians are the second highest paid politicians in the world, Italy being the first, and we are not collecting tax off many multinational companies as well as 95% of oil, gas and coal companies not paying any tax! Not everyone will be healthy at 75. And I don't believe people are getting healthier, it has peaked and now we are getting more unhealthy, with the use of chemicals, processed foods, too much food and idle sitting. Have a look at the long waiting lists for hospital surgeries.
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2017
    10:19am
    You are absolutely right, musicveg. This nonsense about pensions not being affordable is irresponsible propaganda to support a stinking social re-engineering exercise that will destroy everything that is good in our society.
    ex PS
    6th Jul 2017
    5:46pm
    Are we healthier, or are they just keeping the unhealthy people alive longer?
    Anonymous
    8th Jul 2017
    8:14am
    The latter, exPS. And did you know that 90% of the cost of health care in the USA is incurred in the last 18 months of life? It costs more to keep someone alive for an extra 18 months than it does to treat all their ailments and provide whatever preventative care is needed for their entire life up to that point. How stupid is our society?
    Jennie
    5th Jul 2017
    6:13pm
    I believe that all this talk of living longer is due to a fear of death. It will happen to every single one of us.
    ex PS
    6th Jul 2017
    5:47pm
    I am more in fear of living and having to rely on someone else to keep me going. I want to die with dignity.
    Jennie
    6th Jul 2017
    11:18pm
    Then dear ex PS you must join Exit International and your want for death with dignity would become a possibility. Waiting for legislation for euthanasia? Don't bother. If it ever does happen there will be too many strings attached and you will need doctors' permission!

    Unhealthy people are certainly being kept alive longer, especially in ICU should you have a terminal dis-ease. ICU has been called "the slow conveyor belt through suffering to death."
    ex PS
    8th Jul 2017
    11:03am
    Thanks for the advice, I think I will take it.
    Jenny
    8th Jul 2017
    2:28pm
    This is an option that would appeal very much to me, and many of my generation. Continuing to live past the stage when life is tolerable is both pointless and expensive for society. We should be allowed to exit if that is what we desire.
    Julian
    6th Jul 2017
    1:36pm
    Two things will happen: retirement age will head towards 90 and politicians' pension will kick in at 55


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