Applying the lessons of longevity; Aging populations, life-expectancy gaps test global economy

By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch

Life expectancy in the United States reached a high of 77.8 years in 2004, a 30 year jump over the 20th century.

Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden and other Western European countries are doing even better in expected years of life than the United States.

Russia’s average life expectancy is plummeting.  There is a 17-year life expectancy gap between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal Australians.

There are 32 nations that have an average life expectancy of 50 years or less.  In Botswana and Mozambique citizens on average live only 31 or 32 years.

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