WHAT THE BABY BOOM
WILL DIE OF
The oldest baby boomers, born in 1946, have 36 years of life left, on average. The youngest can expect to live for 53 more years. 1 But many baby boomers will live longer than the averages. Advances in medical technology should add at least a few more years to life by the time the baby boom reaches old age.
Today a person aged 65 can expect to live for 17 more years—or until age 82. In 1900, a 65-year-old only had about 12 years of life left. When actuaries calculate life expectancies, they assume that the chances of dying at each age will remain constant in the future. If no progress is made against heart disease, cancer, or other causes of death, then the actuarial tables are reasonable