Thanks to the increase in life expectancy since 1945, today’s young people are more likely to live for 100 years . Extreme old age will soon be the norm rather than the exception. Are we ready for this fundamental change in our society? Not everyone thinks so. According to one survey:
- 93% of people worry that their children aren’t well enough educated to live a long, healthy life
- 80% believe society needs to completely rethink its attitude to aging
- 80% worry they will have trouble finding a job when they are over 50 years old and competing with younger workers
- 95% doubt that the government will support them to participate fully in society after retirement 
Increasing lifespans present a challenge to everyone, both young and old. But at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we’re optimistic about the future.
 United Nations (2015). World Population Ageing: 2015 Report
 Survey: Omnibus Daily for UK Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for theme "Healthy aged“, Country: United Kingdom, Germany, Sample size: UK – 2344, DE – 2035, Time: May 2016