Average life span of Koreans
Busy. Busy. Busy. I’ve been busy since the end of last week. School starts on Friday and there are so many things to do!
There is an OECD report last week about the average life span of Koreans. The report says that Koreans live an average of 79.1 years, second to Japan’s 82.4 years among OECD countries. I often see a lot of old people here, specially at Jongro3-ga subway station. Our community center is more often populated by seniors, who are often exercising. My mother-in-law, who is almost 70, is a lot healthier than I am. She attends aerobics classes daily and has even competed and one third place in a provincial aerobics competition. She eats mostly veggies and hates pork. My father-in-law has been paralyzed, right side, for more than a decade but he exercises everyday. He walks more than six hours a day, covering more than 20 kilometers. He would have worn out lots of treadmills!Believe it or not, he walks fast.
The OECD said such longevity could be attributable to higher income’s changing people’s lifestyle as a whole; individual care and investment in health management; health insurance coverage expanding year after year; and relatively easy access to medical services.
I thought it’s because of kimchi that Koreans live long… ㅋㅋㅋㅋ. It is expected that the average life span of Koreans will be higher in the years to come. In 2005, there were 961 centenarians in Korea. I wouldn’t want to live that long if I can’t take a shower daily…