An increasingly eldery population

More than half of babies now born in the UK and other wealthy nations will live to 100 years, researchers say.  The study, published in The Lancet journal, also says the extra years are spent with less serious disability.  Data from more than 30 developed countries shows that since 1950 the probability of surviving past 80 years of age has doubled for both sexes.  One expert said healthy behaviours for all ages was the key to enjoying living a long life.  Researchers said that man could now be regarded as having four stages of life – child, adult, young old age and old old age.  They said there was no evidence that the old old age group were unhealthier than their younger counterparts, partly because the frailest people died first, leaving the most robust to survive past 85.

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