Jack Rowe, chair of the MacArthur Research Network and professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, wrote the bestselling book which touts the benefits of active living and provides seniors with advice on the aging process.
Rowe recently discussed a MacArthur Research Network study that found that American seniors are living, on average, 3.1 to 7.9 years longer than official government projection, according to the OCRegister.com.
Rowe told the news source that the research institute believes life expectancy for seniors will continue to rise, as new advancements in medicine and technology are made.
He also stressed that it will be important for seniors to remain engaged in their community and lead an active lifestyle.
"Adding five or six additional years is an opportunity as well as a challenge for us," he told the paper. "We can look at what we can add to the leisure box, yes. But if there will be a lot more healthy older people, it's important to find a productive role for them. We need to figure out how to unleash their potential."
According to U.S. News and World Report, the average life expectancy for American men is 74 years and 80 years for women.