In Zoomer magazine’s September 2017 issue, there was an enlightening article written by Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor addressing contemporary issues that have emerged as a result of what’s become known as the longevity revolution.
Advancements in health care and technology have resulted in longer lifespans. Milestone events now include encore careers, second and even third marriages, and birthday celebrations for 100-year-olds.
In fact, in 2016, there were more than 8,000 100-year-olds alive in Canada, according to the most recent Census data.
Research from the United States indicates that approximately 70 percent of people suffering from Alzheimer’s are cared for by their spouses.
While there is much to be celebrated, it’s also a good time to pause and re-examine old traditions in light of new realities.