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Statistics show more and more people living until 100

12:00am | & News

There are more people than ever living to the age of 100 and beyond.

A total of 13,350 centenarians were living in the UK in 2012, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows. This is an increase of 73% over the last 10 years.

The last three decades have seen a five-fold increase in the amount of people getting to the landmark age, according to the Estimates of the Very Old report.

Over 13,000 people a year live to 100
An increase of 73% over the last 10 years

There were 660 people in the UK aged 105 and over in 2012, which is another unprecedented figure.

The trend of people living for longer will certainly keep the Queen busy, as the monarch sends a personal congratulatory letter to everyone in the UK who reaches their 100th birthday.

But it is also expected to have an impact on living accommodation in the country. As mobility becomes increasingly relevant to an ageing society, facilities such as stairlifts and bath chairs are likely to rise in prominence and importance.

The number of people aged 90 and over in the UK rose to above half a million as of 2012, says the report by the ONS.

But a significant gender imbalance remains, with more women living to an older age than men. The data revealed that for every 100 men aged 90 and above, there are 264 women.

However, the gap has narrowed over the last decade, as 10 years earlier the number of women aged 90 and over was 336 for every 100 men.

A separate report from the ONS shows that life expectancy for men is increasing at a faster rate than it is for women, with men expected to live for two-and-a-half years longer since 1980 compared with women whose life expectancy has gone up by two years.

But men have far to go to catch up, with women still expected to live for longer.

A third report produced by the ONS on healthy life expectancy showed that, while people are living for longer, they are not necessarily enjoying all of their later years in good health.

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