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Old Ages is No Place for Sissies (2015)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Aging and quality of life"

This working paper deals with a rather taboo subject: the consequences of prolonging life into extreme old age, now possible with advances in medical procedures. It poses the existential question about the quality of life in the final stage of the human life cycle. I suggest that most of us are more worried about the downsides of aging than about dying. We all want to live for as long as possible but none of us wants to get old. What meaning is left to life once we have completed our main evolutionary task—bringing up our children?

INSEAD Working Paper, 2015

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