Most seniors don’t want to live past 94

By Staff | August 29, 2013 | Last updated on August 29, 2013
1 min read

This article originally appeared on Benefits Canada.

Advances in medical science may soon make it possible to live to 120, but a CARP poll shows most seniors have little enthusiasm for sticking around that long.

Read: TFSAs reduce retirement income risk

The survey shows the average CARP member wants to live to age 94. Less than 10% of respondents, whose average age is 70, want to live to 120.

The most common concern about living to 120, expressed by 52% of participants, is health. This is followed distantly by a concern about retirement savings (11%).

If they had 20 more years of good health and adequate retirement savings, most CARP members would spend their extra time doing what they do now (38%), travelling (24%), volunteering (13%) and spending time with kids and grandkids (12%), according to the poll.

Read: Don’t whiff on RRIFs

“Science holds out the promise of extreme longevity, but CARP members have a more level-headed reaction—they worry about staying healthy and the societal effects,” says Susan Eng, vice-president for advocacy at CARP.

The survey polled more than 2,000 CARP members.

Read: Will a misdiagnosis affect CI premiums? staff


The staff of have been covering news for financial advisors since 1998.