Centenarians in the new millennium
Half of babies born today will live to celebrate their 100th birthday
Most babies born today will live to 100, according to a report published in the Lancet.1 Professor Kaare Christensen, of the Danish Ageing Research Centre at the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues say that not only will most people born after 2000 in the developed world celebrate their centenary, but that they stand a good chance of being relatively free of the disability and functional limitations often associated with extreme old age.
However, the authors warn that an ageing population, often coupled with low birth rates and low immigration, in countries like Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan will present increasing challenges for health and social care systems. They say that modifying the ageing process to delay disability, as well as improvements in medicine and technology and redistribution of work, will be vital to meet these challenges in the future.
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