Raising Life’s Expectations
Posted on Oct 2, 2009
A study in The Lancet medical journal has shown that more than half of those now born in wealthy nations—including the U.S.—will live to be at least 100 years old. The leader of the study says: “Increasing numbers of people at old and very old ages will pose major challenges for health-care systems.” U.S. legislators, are you listening?
More than half of babies now born in the UK and other wealthy nations will live to 100 years, researchers say.
The study, published in The Lancet journal, also says the extra years are spent with less serious disability.
Data from more than 30 developed countries shows that since 1950 the probability of surviving past 80 years of age has doubled for both sexes.
One expert said healthy behaviours for all ages was the key to enjoying living a long life.
Many of today’s babies will live to be at least 100 years old, according to a study in a leading medical journal.