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Move to Monaco if you want to live longer!


October 2013

In the last few weeks Google has been making various announcements about how it is moving into the healthcare area and especially how it will be focussing on ageing and illnesses that specifically effect older people.

Google, with its vast resources, hopes to be able long term to make some interesting contributions to general knowledge about how we can live longer.

Already we are generally living far longer than our ancestors.  Scientists are actually saying that the new 70 years old equates to a 30 year old in the past.  At the moment life expectancy generally in the UK is 80.29 years. 

According to the latest reports from the Office of National Statistics, male life expectancy at birth has risen from 71.7 years in 1985 to 78.5 years in 2010 and is expected to increase further over the next 25 years to 83.4 years.

For women, life expectancy at birth has risen from 77.4 years in 1985 to 82.4 years in 2010 and is expected to increase to 87 years in 2035.

This is excellent of course, but what is interesting is the geographical variations on life expectancy.
At the moment, people living in Monaco on average experience the longest lives, at an average of 89.63 years. Japan and Singapore are close behind with an average of 84 years. Australia, Canada, France, Sweden and Italy all average 81 years, and we are poor runners up along with New Zealand, Bermuda, Ireland, Greece, Germany and Norway with an average of just 80 years life expectancy. America, despite its advanced healthcare, comes in at just 78 years and don’t move to the Cook Islands, Hungary or Lithuania because your life expectance will only be 75 years!

What is even more interesting is some statistics recently put together by journalists at the Daily Mail.
They looked at health variations across the UK and found that the areas with the longest life expectancy in men and women was in Kensington and Chelsea, West London, where the men’s average is 82 years and women lived to an average of 86 years.  The shortest life expectancy for men was Glasgow with 69 years and shortest life expectancy for women was Liverpool with 78 years.

Other regional variations including Dorset showing the highest incidence of cancer with 671 per 100,000 population (this could be explained because of the high number of retirees in the county); and Oxford having the highest rate of breast cancer, with 150 per 100,000 population.

There have been lots of explanations given for the regional variations in longevity including diet of course, but genetics also have a role to part. People whose parents lived to a healthy old age may well benefit from similar good genetics.

Despite our damp climate, here in the UK well over a 100 people have lived for an amazing 110 years or more. The oldest person with verified records so far to have lived in the UK was Charlotte Hughes who died in 1993 aged 115 years. Last month there were a handful of people in the UK who had attained at least 110 years.

In 2009 the number of centenarians - people who have reached 100 years plus - in the UK reached the 10,000 barrier for the first time ever. As our living standards and health care continues to improve, it is expected this number will steadily increase.

 

 

Her Majesty will now have to think about adding extra budget to cover those traditional cards she posts out to everyone in the UK who turns 100!

If you know of someone turning 100, don’t assume they will automatically receive a card from The Queen. Normally the Pension Service informs the Anniversaries Office of dates but to be sure they have been informed, it is a good idea to make an application well before the birthday. More information at:

https://apply.royal.gov.uk/Apply/PreAppBirthday.jsp

or at:

https://www.gov.uk/get-birthday-anniversary-message-from-queen





 

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