Every­one dies, but our fates change as we get older

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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.

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