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[Editorial] Preparing for later life today

Last week, the UK Government announced it will be raising the state pension age to 68 years in 2037, to better reflect the demographics of the UK population. In 1948, when the state pension was first introduced, average life expectancy for a person aged 65 years was 13·5 years. This period increased to 19·7 years in 2013–15. Elsewhere, the Japan Gerontological Society and the Japan Geriatrics Society have proposed to push back the definition of old age even further, to 75 years of age, calling the current cutoff at 65 years terribly outdated.