Worldwide, lifespans are predicted to increase, with South Korea leading the pack. South Korean women born in 2030 are expected to live an average of 90.8 years, an increase of 6.6 years from those born in 2010. U.S. life expectancy in 2030 is predicted to have a marginal increase for men and women, and may even decrease in some populations due to factors such as obesity, maternal and infant death, homicide, and health care inequalities.
These predictions are important as we look to the future of health and social system structures for the longer-living elderly. Additionally, we can learn from the negative factors limiting the life expectancy in the U.S. and learn from positive influences that are showing success in countries such as South Korea, France, and Japan.