Human life expectancy continues to evolve over time. In the early centuries, one’s life span is determined by factors like time period, country of origin, social class and gender.
The National Center for Health Statistics recorded that in America in 1907, the life expectancy for men is said to be at 45.6 years. The numbers continued to improve in the following years due to, for one and mainly, the developments in science and the medical field that improved health and consequently, found the cure for most disease that tend to cause high mortality rate. Today, the average global life expectancy is close to 70 years.
In today’s world, the intention to live longer revolutionizes the search for ways to slow down and hopefully, prevent ageing. Despite being seen at a natural phenomenon, some still argue about the true nature of biological ageing and the way that people should view it. Some see it as a beautiful thing, others call it a disease.
Is biological ageing a thing that should be embraced or a disease that we, humans, should come together to combat? And how does science play the role in the search of finding ways to live life young, forever?
- Release date2018
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Mary WIlkinson
- Production companyBBC