Want to Live to 100? Research Says It’s Possible

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 16 August 2011

Although longevity can be a controversial subject, the latest research indicates the science behind this growing trend. In this recent article from the Population Reference Bureau, More of Us on Track to Reach Age 100: Genes, Habits, Baboons Examined for Longevity Clues, the pace for life expectancy, particularly in industrialized countries, has picked up considerably. Says James Vaupel, a demographer from Duke University and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, “It is possible, if we continue to make progress in reducing mortality, that most children born since the year 2000 will live to see their 100th birthdays in the 22nd century.”

Given this dramatic statistic, it follows that the field of biodemography is growing too, keeping Vaupel and his colleagues busy. Examining the social and biological contributors to longevity, the findings will have implications far beyond human interest and intrigue: as more people live longer and healthier lives, the already burgeoning need for quality senior care, services, and housing to meet the needs of this new demographic will become an even bigger priority.

Although the senior housing market has expanded and evolved tremendously over the past few decades, the changes will continue to come as the numbers of seniors rises ever higher. Currently, there are nearly 72,000 centenarians in the United States alone.

Read more about healthy longevity here at SeniorsforLiving.


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