The Secret to Living Past 80: Make it to 65

Simple advice, don’t you think.

“In aging, as with many things in life, it’s best to take things one step at a time.

Doctors conclude in the July issue of Harvard Health Letter that one of the best ways to help ensure you’ll live past 80 is to first set your sights on making it to 65.

The Harvard Medical School publication also finds that according to various studies, Americans are living significantly longer and healthier lives than just a few years ago. This is good news for the country’s aging baby boomers, or “abbies,” as the researchers call them.

The raw numbers

But America will have to play catch up if it wants to match the health and life expectancies of some other countries.

The latest figures from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics state that life expectancy in the United States is 77.6 years. This is a significant improvement from 1990, when life expectancy was 75.4 years, but it’s lower than some other countries.

In Japan, for example, the average life expectancy is 80. Compared to the rest of the world, American males and females rank 12th and 15th, respectively, in life expectancy at age 65.

The silver lining

Today, an American man who makes it to 65 can expect to live 81.6 years. Then if he manages to make it to 85, he can expect to live long enough to blow out the candles on his 90th birthday cake.

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