Societal Opportunities Presented by Longer and Healthier Human Lifespans
Kristel Van der Elst, The Global Foresight Group
The ageing population is growing in both size and capabilities. This trend, alongside the promise of advances in technology and medicine, invites us to imagine what a world in which people live longer, more active, healthier lives might look like and to shift the context of discussions on ageing from it being a burden to seeing it as an opportunity. This demographic evolution holds profound opportunities, such as: “retiring” retirement and the creation of structures which can meaningfully support the (re-)organization of people’s changing life spans; closing the gender gap as technology might allow us to redesign the biological life cycle such that women could achieve equal outcomes to men in the labour market; and building a society unprecedentedly rich in wisdom as intergenerational dialogue and collaboration might allow for a new social construct in which all generations find purpose.