Produced for the Debating Matters, this topic guide contains background information, to encourage discussion and debate, on the issues associated with increased life expectancy.
Over the last 150 years, life expectancy in the UK has nearly doubled from 40 to 80 years and research indicates half of babies born today are expected to live to 100 years old. The attitude we adopt as individuals and as a society affects how we see the phenomenon of ageing. The debate therefore throws up two issues. First, there’s the practical question: can we cope with the challenge of an ageing population, now and in the future? Second, there’s the underlying moral question: should scientists focus on increasing human lifespan?
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