Everyone dies, but our fates change as we get older
THE AVERAGE BABY BOOMER WILL LIVE 20 YEARS LONGER THAN THEIR GRANDPARENTS did. Now that modern medicine has a handle on infectious diseases such as the flu in the broader population, illnesses associated with aging, namely cancer and heart failure, will probably do most of us in. The rising percent of people dying from those ailments may seem ominous, but it means we’re living long enough to get them in the first place. Here’s what death looks like in modern America.