HBL News: 500,000 of UK population will be over 100 by 2066

Thursday, 4 August 2011

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions has issued new figures regarding the life expectancy of today's population, the BBC reports, including the startling estimation that by 2066, there will be at least half-a-million people aged over 100.

"A girl born this year has a one-in-three chance of reaching 100 years old and boys have a one-in-four chance. [Pensions Minister Steve] Webb said: 'The dramatic speed at which life expectancy is changing means that we need to radically rethink our perceptions about our later lives'."