16Nov2010
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Will You Live to 100? – SOA’s Living to 100 Research Initiative

by Ronora Stryker, SOA Research Actuary

RonoraStryker As a result of medical advances, lifestyle changes, access to food and healthcare as well as other factors, people are living longer than in the past. While there are many studies and census statistics that support this, most of us can see this mortality improvement trend in our own families as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are surviving to advanced ages not reached by past generations.

What does the future hold for us and future generations? Will history repeat itself and the same mortality improvement rates of the past continue? How might obesity and other forces impact future mortality improvement trends?

These questions are just a few that are addressed by the SOA’s Living to 100 research initiative that advances knowledge in the important area of longevity and its implications. Since its inception in 2000, a call for papers has been issued every three years to attract thought leaders from around the world to share ideas and knowledge on how and why we age, measuring current mortality and projecting future rates of improvement in survival, identifying potential advantages and risks associated with the increasing number of retirees and suggesting answers to difficult issues resulting from individuals living longer. The result is a plethora of papers from a diverse range of professionals such as actuaries, physicians, demographers, scientists and academics that form the basis for the Living to 100 research conferences.

The next Living to 100 International Research Symposium, the fourth in the series, will be held Jan. 5-7, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Through the support of nearly 50 global organizations, the Living to 100 symposia have achieved a position of international prestige, attracting top experts from many disciplines.  The speaker lineup for 2011 continues this tr2011_LT to 100_cover_Smalladition and includes keynote presentations from Steven Austad, Professor of Cellular & Structural Biology at the Barshop Institute of Longevity and Aging, University of Texas Health Center; Marie Bernard, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Aging; and Kenneth Howse, Senior Research Fellow with the Oxford Institute of Ageing. These presenters will offer insights into their organizations’ research efforts and the implications of the findings to aging populations and the future of human health and longevity.

The outcome of each Living to 100 event is a lasting body of research to educate and aid actuaries and others in estimating advanced age mortality and mortality improvement rates as well as addressing the potential needs and services of the future advanced-age populations.

We invite you to Orlando to participate in this stimulating and engaging learning experience!

We also welcome your thoughts on this research initiative. What topics would you like to see addressed in future Living to 100 symposia?

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