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The World Health Organization lists Japan as number two in its world rankings for life expectancy. The Japanese are said to have a current life span of 84.6 years. But, that doesn’t mean the elderly in that country accept the fact that they are growing older, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
One recent study reported that most Japanese 70-year-olds avoid using priority seating on public transportation because they do not consider themselves to be elderly.
Meanwhile, another study on aging trends published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, shows that there is a higher level of life-satisfaction among the older folks in the English-speaking world. The research indicates that the older residents of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are relatively happy with their lives.
Those living in Russia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and other non-English-speaking regions apparently grow less satisfied with their lives as they age.
AMAC says it has a lot to do with contrasting economic conditions and healthy lifestyles that exist as well as the social disruptions that have occurred in many parts of the world.