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20-year-olds three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents

5th August 2011

Twenty year olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than people of their grandparent’s age (80 year olds), and roughly twice as likely to reach 100 than people of their parent’s generation (50 year olds) new analysis reveals today.
 
This reflects how much life expectancy is changing across the generations.
 
These figures also show that a baby born this year is almost eight times more likely to reach 100 than one born in 1931. A baby girl born this year has a one in three chance of living to 100 and a baby boy has a one in four chance.

Minister of State for Pensions Steve Webb said: 

"These figures show just how great the differences in life expectancy between generations really are. The dramatic speed at which life expectancy is changing means that we need to radically rethink our perceptions about our later lives. We simply can’t look to our grandparents’ experience of retirement as a model for our own. We will live longer and we will have to save more."
 
In 2066 there will be at least half a million people aged 100 or over.

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Article Information

Title: 20-year-olds three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 19363
Date Added: 5th Aug 2011

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