How the New Longevity is Changing Fatherhood
Even in the time of Covid-19, we are in the midst of a longevity revolution, living longer than ever before. Throughout 99% of human history, the average life expectancy at birth was fewer than 18 years. There have always been some 40-, 60- and even 80-year-olds, but not very many. Then, during the 19th and 20th centuries, with incredible breakthroughs in public health, antibiotics, refrigeration, pharmaceuticals, and self-care, more and more people started living longer and longer.
Beyond existing as abstract concepts, generations are also seen in the relationships between parents and children. Here psychologist Ken Dychtwald explores what it means to be a father for longer and the “third age” of life.