The team at Home Instead was delighted to read the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which show a 5% rise in a single year in the number of people over the age of 100 living in the UK.
The figures resulted in a flurry of interesting facts and figures in the media. Here we share some of the most interesting ones with you.
- Figures show a 70% rise in number of people aged over 100 in a decade
- The ONS estimates that there are 14,000 people over the age of 100 living in the UK
- The UK lags behind only Spain, Italy, France and Japan for the number of 100-year-olds in its population
- The ONS has upgraded its estimates of life expectancy from birth - 82.7 years for females and 78.9 for males
- Male life expectancy is increasing by 6.3 hours a day
- Female life expectancy is increasing by 4.6 hours a day
- The UK has proportionally the seventh largest population of over 90s in the world, behind Japan and a small number of Scandinavian and Mediterranean countries
- The number of people aged over 105 almost doubled between 2003 and 2013 to 360
And our favourite fact...
- The Queen's ‘birthday card team' in Whitehall has been expanded from a team of one to seven to cope with the number of centenarians