Today it seems that many aged people pre to early boomers and their parents stay alive thanks to a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs such as warfarin that stops blood from clotting preventing them from having a stroke.
Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine and drugs it seem that people can hold off heart disease, atherosclerosis and death from stroke, diabetes and parkinsons.
Life spans seem to be getting longer and more aged people are alive than at any time in our history. If we keep adding longevity gains like this will will getting more and more people passing the 100 year mark. What can we thank for this improved diets, better genetics, improved fitness or is a simply that now there are more and more drugs that extend frailty? Are these gains in longevity really just a bubble? Like a stock market bubble or a house price bubble now we have the population bubble.
Are the fundamentals sound here is 70 the new 50? Can we say that because people that may have died in their 50's are now living to 70 and beyond that we have reached a new paradigm?
What happens if we are wrong? There seems to be genes related to aging that are conserved across evolution even in yeast. Nature seems to know how to stop inflating bubbles or will inevitably burst any that do arise.
What happens when we are propping population up by any stimulus means necessary? Trying damn sure to make that bubble keeps growing and will never burst.
We may find out exactly the reason why nature has a program for aging to prevent a social catastrophe.