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Population Europe Inter-Faces: Annette Baudisch

Why 70 is the new 60 - an interview with Annette Baudisch (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research) on biodemography.

Questions:

1. When my grandmother was my age, I perceived her as being much older than I feel now. Is this just a question of perspective, or is being 70 today biologically different from what it used to be?

2. If you look at human ageing in a long-term perspective, what has changed most significantly since the Neanderthals?

3. Parts of our bodies, for example the teeth, don’t seem well adapted to our long lives. Will evolution eventually lead to changes to these things in the long-term?

4. Even though we are living longer and longer, once I am 80 or older what will I most likely die of, statistically?

The Population Europe Inter-Face Series has been published with financial support from the Progress programme of the European Union in the framework of the project ”Supporting a Partnership for Enhancing Europe’s Capacity to Tackle Demographic and Societal Change”.