So You Want To Live To 100? Good Luck

So You Want To Live To 100? Good Luck

There is little question that I won’t live to be 100 years old. It’s not something I endeavor towards nor do I think it’s possible. That said, my grandmother was a hard-drinking chain-smoker that died at the age of 101 in 1999. That’s 15 years of medical advances that she didn’t enjoy, to say nothing of the fact that on two separate occasions she caused minor(?) explosions in her nursing home sneaking a cigarette near an oxygen valve or oxygen tank. The fact is, even the healthiest among us can go at any time. Marathon runners with healthy diets still get into car accidents.

Small portion of women get there

In the United States only 0.02% of the population will ever live to 100. That’s 55,000 people over a century in a country that has a population north of 300 million. And let’s face it, unless you hang around in nursing homes on a regular basis you may never meet one. Living and functioning are two different animals. This percentage comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s examination of data from the years 2007-2011 provided by the American Community Survey.

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