How Long Can We Expect To Live?

The Rise of Centenarians (people aged 100+):The Centenarian

  • In 1917 King George V sent 24 celebratory messages to centenarians;
  • 255 messages were sent in 1952; and
  • By 2011 this figure had increased to 9736.

Life Expectancy:

  • 13% of girls born in 1951 are expected to become centenarians;
  • For girls born in 2013 the figure is estimated to be nearly 40%; and
  • Around 60% of girls born in 2060 might expect to live to become a centenarian.

Social Class Effect on Women:

  • Social Class I: 80 years; and
  • Social Class V: 68.6 years.

Reasons for Increased Life Expectancy Include:

  • Managing to survive early childhood;
  • Better standards of living;
  • Better education; and
  • Access to healthcare.

The straight line increase in the numbers of UK citizens reaching 100 years old is expected to continue. However, not all countries are experiencing an increase.  Belarus, Lesotho, Ukraine and Zimbabwe have all witnessed a decrease in life expectancy, invariably due to the consumption of alcohol and HIV/AIDS.

On average, a person born in 2010 can expect to live a fifth longer than a person person born in 1970.

Source: BMJ 2013;346:f331

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