40% Of UK Girls ‘To Live To Be 100’

January 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on 40% Of UK Girls ‘To Live To Be 100’ 

40% Of UK Girls ‘To Live To Be 100’, 40% of girls born in the UK this year will live to be 100, new research suggests. Girls born in 2013 will have a four in ten chance of living to be centenarians, a large contrast to just 13% of girls born in 1951, reports the Daily Mail.

Experts predict that by 2060 there will be half a million centenarians living in the UK, and 60% of girls born that year will live to see their 100th birthday, with the trend continuing.

Research further shows that in Europe the proportion of people over the age of 65 will be 40% by 2030.

John Appleby, chief economist at the King’s Fund, said the rise in life expectancy is down to the fact that youngsters are more likely to survive childhood due to improved healthcare and education.

However, he added: “Living longer is a good thing but not much fun if those extra years are lived in pain and discomfort.

“How healthy humans will be in the future is an open question, but historically at least, previous gains in healthy life expectancy have more to do with reductions in morality than reductions in years lived in disability.”