The Centers for Disease Control recently released results of a survey into life expectancy statistics, and in the U.S., various factors have pushed the life expectancy of retirement living community residents to nearly 80 years of age.
Fewer people are dying, thanks to advances and better treatments for conditions like pneumonia, stroke and diabetes, the CDC found, meaning that seniors are living for about 78 years.
That is a trend that has been strengthening since 1997, and people of color are also registering long periods in retirement living, with life expectancy for black males reaching 70 years for the first time.
"The most noteworthy aspect about all this is not just that people are living longer but living better," geriatric psychiatrist Dr Gary Kennedy told the New York Times.
"At the same time, people are living a longer active lifespan" where they are in better financial and health situations.
Several medical professionals have noted, however, that while the numbers are increasing, they are not yet at the level of other industrialized countries, and that improvements in healthcare practices could benefit those in retirement living communities.