Thursday, 4 August 2011
Britain, already no country for old men today, will be awash with old men in the years to come
A Department for Work and Pensions report just released, detailing life expectancy in 2011 and comparing the generations at 20, 50 and 80 years old, draws the following conclusions, that :
* today's 20-year-olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents and twice as likely as their parents.
* a girl born in Britain in 2011 has a one-in-three chance of living to their 100th birthday and a boy, a one-in-four chance and compared to a baby born in 1931, the children of 2011 are almost eight times more likely to become centenarians.
* by 2066 there will be more than half a million people aged 100 or over.
* the latest estimates suggest that by 2056, the life expectancy for a man and woman living in England will be 84 and 89 years respectively.
So what kind of country will this little chap inhabit when he reaches his century in 2111 ?
To English Rider : thanks for the advice about emails.