Here's to a Long Life: Understanding Life Expectancy


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2011-11-01Life expectancy takes on greater importance as Baby Boomers retire and we begin to realize the “risk” that a large group of long-lived beneficiaries may strain public and private retirement and medical plans. Projecting life expectancy is the topic of the interview conducted by Dr. David Wesley, Vice President, Medical Research & Development, with Dr. Jay Olshansky, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Olshansky cites weaknesses in traditional models and emphasizes the need to focus on the health status of the living when forecasting life expectancy.

  • Dr. Jay Olshansky (University of Illinois) and Dr. David Wesley (SCOR)

The Forecaster

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