Living to 120?

Not what Canadians want

Despite medical advances that make living longer possible, Canadian seniors don’t see much value in living to 120 mainly due to health concerns, according to a poll conducted by the Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP).

The research shows the average CARP member wants to live to age 94. Less than 10 per cent of respondents, whose average age is 70, want to live to 120.

The most common concern about living to 120, expressed by 52 per cent of participants, is health. This is followed distantly by a concern of 11 per cent about retirement savings.

What do Canadians want?

When asked how they would spend their time if they had 20 more years of good health and adequate retirement savings, most CARP members would:

Do what they do now 38%
Travel 24%
Volunteer 13%
Spend time with children and grandchildren 12%

Source: Benefits Canada, Aug. 28, 2013