Longevity has been a goal of countless people throughout generations and civilizations, with people seeking the Fountain of Youth in everything from creams to medications to eating habits and lifestyle.
And while some steps are more effective at adding years than others, a new report has discovered that not everyone is playing on the same playing field when it comes to living to 100. In fact, some people are significantly more likely to become centenarians.
As reported by Reuters news wire, the U.S. Census Bureau has found that more than 80 per cent of Americans aged 100 or older are women, and less than 20 per cent are men. And while that may not be surprising as women consistently live longer than men, the study also found that White urban women, especially those who lived in the country’s Northeast and Midwest, are also more likely to live to 100 years old.
According to Reuters, while the number of centenarians in the United States has grown – in fact, nearly doubling in number since 1980 – the proportion of this age group is still lower than in other developed countries, including Sweden, France and Japan, which has twice the rate of centenarians as the U.S.
And if these numbers continue to grow, as expected, more assisted living communities will be created to service this growing need.