How Long Can We Live?

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From the article, published as part of The New York Times Magazine’s The Health Issue:

“As medical and social advances mitigate diseases of old age and prolong life, the number of exceptionally long-lived people is increasing sharply. The United Nations estimates that there were about 95,000 centenarians in 1990 and more than 450,000 in 2015. By 2100, there will be 25 million. Although the proportion of people who live beyond their 110th birthday is far smaller, this once-fabled milestone is also increasingly common in many wealthy nations. The first validated cases of such “supercentenarians” emerged in the 1960s. Since then, their global numbers have multiplied by a factor of at least 10, though no one knows precisely how many there are. In Japan alone, the population of supercentenarians grew to 146 from 22 between 2005 and 2015, a nearly sevenfold increase.”

 

 

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Aging & Longevity > Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Demographics

Aging & Longevity > Health: Physical

Aging & Longevity > Health

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Ferris Jabr

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Article and Blog Post

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2021

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centenarian, supercentanarian