Labeling anybody between the age of 65 and 75 in Japan, researchers at Japan’s Gerontological Society and the Japan Geriatrics Society say is “anachronistic.” Instead, they should be described as “semi-elderly.”

In fact, while people in Japan are living to a more advanced age, they also stay physically and mentally more fit for longer, reports Claire Toureille, with the average life expectancy at 85 and 80, for women and men, respectively.

The director of Tokyo’s Toranomon Hospital hoped the report would “change public awareness of elderly people and provide an opportunity to promote their participation in society.”

Among the longest-living people on Earth, the Japanese are also marrying and having children later which is also leading to other unintended consequences: low birth rates and a shrinking population.

Read more at Newsweek


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