...research around the world has shown that the process of the aging of the population by itself adds only a very small part – usually about half a percentage point — to the annual growth in per-capita health spending in industrialized societies...Reinhardt said most of the growth in medical expenses can be attributed to
- overall population growth
- increases in the prices of health care goods and services
- new/high-cost medical products and treatments used by all age groups
Even now Abe doesn't get a lot of high tech care. He was strong and fit well into his 80s and as a young man he played basketball. He grew up in Chicago, the son of immigrants. You could say he was more street smart than book smart.
A classic National Geographic report on longevity suggests a vegetarian diet plays a role for some of the world's eldest elders. But Abe loves salami and, as he might say, look, do you want to live long -- or just have it SEEM like a long life? Here are his top three pieces of longevity wisdom, as told to me by his granddaughter:
- He is extremely social and loves a party. Especially if there's a singalong.
- He’s confident and willing to take risks. Abe was not phased at the age of 88 when his cardiologist recommended quadruple bypass surgery and a pacemaker. He bounced back from surgery like a man in his 50s.
- He believes goals are important -- like living to 100, or attending his grandson's Bar Mitzvah (just five more years!)