Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Britain will become no country for more and more very old men

From the 1950’s onwards the number of 'centenarians', that is people aged 100 years or more in England and Wales, has increased at a faster rate than any other age group.

The chart shows the 'estimated' number of centenarians for England and Wales for the period 1911 to 2008. Over this period the number of centenarians increased 95-fold from only 100 in 1911 to 9,600 in 2008.

Explanation :

* The major contributor to the rising number of centenarians is increased survival between the age of 80 and 100 due to improved medical treatment, housing and living standards, and nutrition.

* Current population projections suggest the number of centenarians in England and Wales will reach almost 64,200 by mid-2033. This is nearly a seven fold increase from the 2008 figure, and an annual average increase of 8 per cent a year.

So here they are, today's young men and potentially, tommorow's very old men :

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