Thanks to advances in medicine, technology, and lifestyles, midlifers today are living longer. Turning 100 years old is a real possibility. What will you accomplish by 100 years old?
The average life expectancy for Americans in 2014 reached an all-time high of 78.9 years. In my husband’s family, 78.9 years is nothing. Both of his parents are still alive and in relatively good health. His dad is 95 years old and his mother is 92.
His maternal grandparents passed away in their mid-90’s and his fraternal grandmother was well in to her 80’s when she died. So the chances of him living a long, productive life are very high. And I stand to benefit from the same prognosis as both of my parents are in their 80’s with no real health issues.
While heart disease, cancer and stroke remain the big three killers of our generation, if you don’t contract one of these issues, as a Baby Boomer, you are expected to live longer than any previous generation of Americans. Have you thought about how 100 years old will look on you?
Since 2012, I’ve been involved with an initiative from Pfizer called Get Old, a web site that fosters a candid discussion about aging through engaging and informative content designed to change attitudes about getting older. This month, Get Old introduced Life Forecast, a fun little quiz that lets you plug in your current favorite interests and predict what your future could look like via a personalized infographic detailing everything from how many books you will read to the places you will travel and much, much more. In just 5 minutes, you can find out how many more times you will be able to do the things you love as you get old get closer to that very possible age of 100 years old.
I was curious to see what I could look like by the time I reached 100 years old so I went to Life Forecast and began the quiz. The first step asked how old I am today. Then it asked me to pick my top 8 interests. There were lots of ideas to choose from. The interests that were easiest for me to choose included volunteering, keeping up with the news, baking, writing, reading books, vacations, and time with family and friends. The only interest that I couldn’t nail exactly was exercising. I do lots of different cross-training activities; I’m not beholden to one type of exercising. There wasn’t just an exercise category to choose. Rather, I had to pick from specific activities like running, bicycling, yoga, and dance. I went with running (even though I walk more than run these days) because that was the closest interest to what I do on a regular basis.
Next, I was asked to quantify how much time each week I currently spend with those activities. This is where I found the survey not to be ideal; I had to generalize a little bit in some areas. For instance, while it was easy to determine how many treats I bake and how far I walk/run in a week, it was a lot harder to quantify how much time I spend with family and friends. For me, time with family is one of my highest priorities but because our closest family members all live far away, on a weekly basis, I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like. So, I had to compromise on exactly how many hours are spent with that activity.
Wow: 10,355 hours of volunteering; over 1,000 books read; over 21,000 blog pages written, and 4,285 treats baked. I’m excited – what a great life to look forward to when I reach 100 years old!!
Planning ahead is always a good thing. And looking forward to a life well lived is even better. I’ve got a lot of great things to accomplish by the time I turn 100 years old. Can’t wait!!
What will you look like at 100 years old? Find out here. Have fun!!