We all have heard the oft repeated mantra that "people are living longer". This is mainly attributable to better health, because of improvements in medicine. I guess (but would not know if such statistics exist) that the causes of death for over 70s 20 to 30 years ago were heart, stroke, or cancer related. Now that interventions are much better we (tend to) live longer. Hence the Government wants us to work longer pay into our pensions ansd par tax for longer, then cost them less as pensioners, and they hope we all die early. But this does not take into account other deteriorations due to ageing in the human body. I am already having joint problems which will only get worse. My eyes are going too. In a few years, once the default retirement is at 66 for everyone, do they expect us all to be running round like spring chickens in our 60s? I expect to be creaking round like an old door. In short, I don't think our lovely coalition has thought this through. Will headteachers be sympathetic to teachers having to attend arthritis clinics and the like? It could be worse for the armed services, police, and firemen. A 60 year old copper chasing down teenager perps? Have they done any planning about the increased demands all this will put on the NHS? Or don't they care because they are destroying the NHS as well?