At Last, It's My Time!

A new book examines the joys of aging creatively

Abigail Trafford is adamant: "Forget old age. Think new stage." Trafford is the author of My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Basic). The book, for people edging past midlife, argues that because we are living longer, healthier lives, we have a "whole new stage in the life cycle, which we haven't had before." TIME spoke with Trafford:

What has created this new phase?

Longevity and health gains. In 1900 life expectancy was under 50. The big bonus now is health span [survival without disease or disability]. At 50 you can look forward to 20, 30, 40...

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