Living forever may sound nice to the ear, but the technicalities involved can often lead to the bubble bursting. You might dream of living to 100 and beyond, and break a few records after that, but you have to take into consideration how your quality of life is going to be and the financial aspect of your life.
Usually, we tend to be short-sighted when it comes to mortality. However, a recent poll proved that people have begun to examine the idea of living up to three-digit figures more thoroughly. It is no longer looked at through rose-tinted glasses. The recent Harris Poll interviewed 2,022 U.S. adults to find out how many of them were willing to score a century on their timeline. The study was organized by the University of Phoenix and led to some interesting results. While a large portion of the people are aware of the concerns that may arise with extreme old age, they are ready to make the necessary lifestyle changes that would allow them to celebrate their 100th birthday as a joyous occasion.
However, most Americans aged 65 and above mentioned certain conditions when expressing their wish of living to reach 100 and beyond. Over 50% of them cannot help but ignore the risks that come with old age, and they cannot decide if it will indeed be worth the effort and the dedication.
According to the poll, 89 percent of people in the age group, 65 and above would like to live to reach 100 only if they can have a guarantee of having a sound mind and body. 78% agreed that they would not mind living that long if their loved ones and partners also remained alive with them. On the other hand, 71% said that they would only be okay with being 100 if they can retain their youthful appearance.
However, 54% of Americans belonging to the age group, 65-and-above, think that there are too man uncertainties involved when it comes to living until 100. There is a lot to worry about concerning health and finances. Almost 48% of them expressed their fear of not having someone to take care of them when they hit the milestone.
In spite of the negative possibilities, older adults are open to make changes to their lifestyle to live till 100. 67% said that they would not mind having healthier food. 67% of them also agreed to exercise more. 66% are ready to remain connected to their families and want to have a good social life while 65% are willing to follow a proper sleep schedule. However, only 38% want to save money now for their future. 25% expressed their willingness to work even after their retirement.
Living to 100 and beyond can be a great goal for many Americans. Adding exercise and healthier food will help people of any age enjoy a better quality of life.