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Do you think you'll live to see 80?

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AbsentmindedWoman Sat 12-Jan-19 18:49:36

Life expectancy for a woman in the UK is about 82. Do you think you'll make it that far? Assuming no freak accidents, etc.

My life expectancy is less, because of type 1 diabetes. I like to think that because of medical advances I'll claw a few years back along the way as I age, hopefully people my age will be in better shape in mid and later life than past generations of diabetics. I think probably we all hope we'll get a few more years though!

Are you hopeful you'll get to 80 or more?

squeakybrakes Sat 12-Jan-19 18:52:26

I hope I don't.

MissWilmottsGhost Sat 12-Jan-19 18:53:03

Hope so.

DM's parents, and their parents, all made it well into their 90s.

DF lived to 80, but his parents died at 50 and 35 shock

Tulipvase Sat 12-Jan-19 18:55:29

I can’t see it. My mum died early 60’s and my dad at 71.

Januarybringstheblues Sat 12-Jan-19 18:56:40

I hope not. I wouldn't want to live past 70 really.

Birdsgottafly Sat 12-Jan-19 18:58:31

Like you, I've got a condition that knocks a few years off.

So possibly not, although I went to a health seminar and they told us how we could get those years back. Tbh, I don't know if I'd want to follow a really healthy lifestyle to live past late 70's.

My Mother and Grandmother worked until nearly 80, but they'd been 'trained' to live naturally healthy lifestyles thanks to poverty and rationing. They both smoked though.

Birdsgottafly Sat 12-Jan-19 19:00:26

"I wouldn't want to live past 70 really."

I think that's going to be influenced by the 70+ year olds around you.

My Mum and Nan had great lives in their 70's, part time working, going on holiday, nights out etc.

TeenTimesTwo Sat 12-Jan-19 19:00:44

Quite possibly.
DGM lived to 100, DM is 82 and has a living older sister too.
I could do with eating less chocolate though.

Fantastiqueangel Sat 12-Jan-19 19:01:59

Yes. Every one of my extended family has, so I hope to be the same.

MymbleClement Sat 12-Jan-19 19:03:38

I'd expect so. Long lives on both sides - well into 90s with a couple of centenarians.

However my paternal grandmother had Parkinsons and dementia and I'd rather a shorter lifespan than a long one in those circumstances.

WakeMeUpWhenGoodOmensIsOn Sat 12-Jan-19 19:05:11

I think my odds are pretty good - nothing counting against me apart from weekly alcohol units somewhat above the regulation 14 (but nowhere near bottle of wine a night) If I looked on a life table starting from where I am now I think I’d probably get a prediction of 90+

bakingcupcakes Sat 12-Jan-19 19:05:58

I hope not. I won't have much in the way of a pension or any financial quality of life after I stop work so I hope I die before I have to suffer for my lack of planning! Plus I don't want to end up in a care home. I want my son to have my house. I have no intention of living past 70 really.

Strokethefurrywall Sat 12-Jan-19 19:07:01

Absolutely. Freak accidents aside I expect to be kicking around in my 90s.

In my 80s I still plan on riding rollercoasters and sky diving...

budgetneeded Sat 12-Jan-19 19:07:19

no reason why not, my mom is 86 and doing great/fully independent on no meds (well fosimax weekly or is that monthly??)
her sister is 97!! on no meds but is being watched for a couple skin cancer spots both fab and alert.
grand parents passed in their 90+ generally healthy (minimal complaints) up until they passed (both of strokes).

missyB1 Sat 12-Jan-19 19:07:40

A few years ago I would have said the odds were good. But then 3 years ago I got breast cancer. I’ve made a good recovery but who knows if it might come back? I had no risk factors or family history. In theory I was low risk for getting any serious disease.

MamaHechtick Sat 12-Jan-19 19:08:22

My great gran lived well into her late 90's, my father is now 80 and no one ever believes him, his respiratory nurse had to double check the records when we reminded her how old he is, most people think he's late 60's, this is even with a very serious lung condition!
However, all my grandparents died in their 50's. And my mother is apparently very unwell but I'm NC with her.
For my personal life expectancy, with health anxiety and general anxiety I'm grateful for each day, I don't imagine myself living until 80.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sat 12-Jan-19 19:09:15

Who knows. If genetics come into it I don't hold out much hope or fear (If I have no quality of life, that is). As no one in my family have got to that age.
My Grandads 81, but He's not my bio grandad.
It'll be somewhat bitter sweet as well if I do get that far, because My mum died when I was 40, so I'll have lived half my life with her and half without her.
Also another thing to consider is I won't be that age for another 36 years. Therefore 80 will probably be the new 60 by then. Even now you see lots of spritley 80 year olds. My granddad runs around like a 3 year old

LaurieFairyCake Sat 12-Jan-19 19:10:59

Surely anyone saying they don't want to is likely young or already in poor health?

Of course I want to - I'm much more than half way there smile

I want to live as long as possible

Lalalalalalaland Sat 12-Jan-19 19:11:20

Judging by family history yes.

1 grandmother and great grandmother lived into their 90s

Other grandmother is still knocking about in her late 70s. Few health problems due to drinking like a fish and smoking like a chimney her whole life just she's still going!

DramaAlpaca Sat 12-Jan-19 19:11:38

I've got a good chance I think. My parents are still reasonably healthy at 84 & 82, and all my grandparents lived into their 80s as well. One grandmother died at 98. As long as I stay in reasonable health I'll be happy to live into old age <crosses fingers>

BendydickCuminsnatch Sat 12-Jan-19 19:11:38

Hope so! I’m 30 this year and gutted that i just need to live my whole life again (it’s gone SO FAST) and i’ll already be 60. I still have all my grandparents (all in 80s) so perhaps longevity is on my side. Need to lose weight though!

Ragwort Sat 12-Jan-19 19:12:32

How sad to say you don’t want to live past 70 sad, I am 60 and have just spent the afternoon with my parents (85 & 88), they were discussing their forthcoming trip to London, plans for summer holidays, new building project etc etc. I appreciate they are in relatively good health and have decent pensions but they also have a real positive approach to life.

Yes, I do expect to live to 80+, I am still working in a job I love, I have a teenage DS, DH & I are have planned an extensive US trip for when (if!,) we retire, I’ve got loads of living left to do grin.

Bringbackthestripes Sat 12-Jan-19 19:14:10

Hopefully not, osteoarthritis is already causing me to struggle and I’m only in my 40’s.

But one grandmother was 95 when she died and my remaining one is 93 already. Both suffering with dementia so knowing my luck I will also have a long life, end up seized up in a home somewhere, not knowing who I am, unable to walk or wipe my own behind. I hope we have the equivalent of dignitas before I get too bad.

BrigitsBigKnickers Sat 12-Jan-19 19:14:44

Dunno- my mum died of a freakishly rare disease at 67, my dad is 80 and his brother is 86.

Maternal Great grandparents lived to late 80s/ early 90s as did my mum's parents.

I am 53 and hope to have 3 more decades in me.

BendydickCuminsnatch Sat 12-Jan-19 19:14:55

I don’t drink or smoke or eat meat so that’s something despite being overweight 😄

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