James Goodwin Head of Research, Age Concern and Help the Aged, UK In this special edition of Quality in Ageing, relationship of longevity to healthy life we will examine in detail the issue of expectancy. Are people living longer increased longevity and the implications simply to experience the inevitability of for society. Robert Butler, President of the ill-health and frailty? Our ﬁrst authors, International Longevity Centre (New York) Robine, Saito and Jagger, focus on this has referred to the population ageing as issue. In a rigorous analysis of the ‘three the ‘longevity revolution’ – momentous 1980s’ theories’, they conclude that though change akin to those milestones in human there is a clear trend showing that the history such as the agrarian and industrial higher the life expectancy, the higher the revolutions, which have irrevocably shaped healthy life expectancy, there is, however, human destiny (Butler, 2008). The analogy no strong evidence of compression of is precise: secular changes brought about morbidity in those countries that lead to by humankind, such as improved public the longevity revolution. This therefore health, better medical care and beneﬁcial raises an interesting question: does the changes in diet and nutrition have served contemporary approach, which
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 14, 2009
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