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[Comment] The burden of triumph: meeting health and social care needs

Life is getting longer. Death is not defeated, but it takes longer to win than it used to. The increases seen for most people in life expectancy are surely a matter for great rejoicing. References to the burden of ageing seem to have missed the crucial point that living is something that most people at most times want to prolong, and on average people are able to do that for longer than ever before1,2 This increased life expectancy is a triumph of a century or more of improved incomes, lifestyles, and medical technology and intervention.