December 10, 2008 Leave a comment
A neat summary of the predicament that we humans find ourselves in was provided yesterday by Karen Dunnell, chief of the Office of National Statistics (ONS):-
“Medicine hasn’t been good at preventing things happening to you, but it has been very good at stopping you dying” she commented in a launch of a new report on increased longevity.
No doubt she didn’t really intend it to come out that way, but the thought of living in a state where we are stripped of free will and relegated to a state of eternal longevity is scary and bizarre. The implication - longer life in a state of impaired health and ability – isn’t great either.
Bearing in mind that by 2032 more than three million people are expected to live to at least 85 – more than double the 1.3m today, it’s obvious that even without preventative medicine we’re all lasting longer. Yet surely quality of life has got to be a greater concern than simply more years – and that being the case, as Ms Dunnell says, it has to be down to all of us individually to take responsibility for doing all we can to “prevent things happening to us.”
Pass me another broccoli and fish oil smoothie.