Paris: More than half of the babies born these days in rich countries will live to 100 years if current trends of life expectancy continue, a study appearing in the medical journal The Lancet said Friday. In the 20th century, most developed countries saw an increase of around 30 years in life expectancy, according to the paper led by Kaare Christensen, a professor at the DanishAgeing Research Centre at the University of Southern Denmark. In 1950, only 15-16 per cent of 80-year-old women, and just 12 per cent of octogenarian men, made it to the age of 90 in advanced economies.In 2002, this had risen to 37 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. In Japan, the survival rate from 80 to 90 is now more than 50 per cent for women.
The paper warned, though, that longer lifespans pose major social, economic and medical challenges as the very elderly become a greater proportion of the community.Bureau Report
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