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TODAY   |  August 07, 2013

Fountain of Youth? Most Americans say ‘no thanks’

Unlike Meryl Streep’s character in the film “Death Becomes Her,” most Americans apparently are skeptical of living longer. In a study, 56 percent of those polled said they would not want to live to age 120, and said that the ideal life expectancy is closer to 90.

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>> times, how old would you really want to live? remember that 1992 movie death becomes her? it imagined what life would be like if you could drink a potion and live forever .

>> drink that potion and you never grow one day older, don't drink it and continue to watch yourself rot.

>> bottoms up.

>> well, seems a lot of us wouldn't have the same reaction. there was a poll that said 56% of americans wouldn't want to live to age 120 saying it would be bad for society. so the ideal age according to the study, what would you guess?

>> 90.

>> 90. and by the way, an average a child born in the u.s. today can expect to live to about 79.

>> i say like 85 in good health.

>> but you say that until you're 84 and it's like i don't want to die next year.

>> it's good health and if you're mobile. if you can do things for yourself it's great.

>> those chairs do wonders.