LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2012) - Asda Money looks at latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures on how many Brits will be alive to celebrate their 100th birthday in the decades to come.
Thanks to advances in medicine and the fact that most of us are leading healthier lifestyles, modern Brits can expect to live to ages that would simply have staggered our recent ancestors.
The latest ONS figures show that as many as one in three Brits born in 2012 can expect to live to celebrate their 100th birthday. As many as 95,000 people that are celebrating their 65th birthday this year will still be alive at 100.*
Growing life expectancy is likely to have a significant effect on everything from employment law, family life, over-50s insurance, pensions and more.
There are currently 14,500 people alive in the UK today that are over 100. This figure is set to rise to 110,000 people by 2035 and could rise to a staggering 276,000 by 2060. By comparison, in 1961, there were just 500 women aged over 100 and 92 men that were over 100 years old.
The fact that many of us can expect to reach our 100th birthdays is something that should be celebrated. Most of us lead healthier lives today than we did just 30 or 40 years ago. On top of this, advances in healthcare mean that we are now able to treat more and more health conditions.
The impact on society of an older population will be profound and it is likely that what we perceive as being old today will over the course of a generation be viewed as relatively young.
This is already changing in many ways; for example, today's over-50s are far more active and lead far more adventurous lives than their parents did at this age. All you have to do is look at the likes of celebrities like Madonna, Keith Richards and Dame Helen Mirren to see that being over-50 doesn't mean over the hill anymore.
Notes to Editors
* 26 March 2012 Office for National Statistics - http://thesteamie.scotsman.com/viewpost.aspx?id=561
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