A recent scientific study has predicted that life expectancy in many 1st world countries could break the 80-year barrier in just over a decade. In 2030, women born in South Korea could be expected to have an average lifespan of 90 years, with most developed countries not too far behind. Improvements in the economy, education, and universal healthcare are the major factors driving this increase in life-span.

Canadians born in 2030 will also live longer than the previous generation. The average age for males will increase to 84, while for women it will be 87. Meanwhile, life-expectancy in the U.S. will only improve slightly, due to the lack of socially supported healthcare and increasing obesity and other healthcare concerns.

While many may see this increase in life expectancy as a positive, it could have a negative impact on the healthcare system. Health and social care for people over the age of 80 will become more expensive as the demographic increases.

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