Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) September 09, 2009 -- Although there were no birth certificates issued in the custom village, the family of Marie Louise Reremalise, state she was born in 1864. Marie Louise, who was a resident of one of the outer islands of Vanuatu, died at the age of 145 years.
Just a few years ago the Elite Centenarian (over 100 years old) Clubs were barely in existence. The fastest growing segment of the population in the United States is now the centenarians. Worldwide America had the largest number of centenarians by Nov 1st 2008, with approximately 96,548. With 36,276 Japan taking second place.
It has been forecast by the U.S. Census Bureau that the number of Americans aged 100, or older, will increase by more than 22 times the 1990 estimates of 37,306. In just 1950, there only existed 2,300 Americans over the age of 100 years.
Dr. Robert Butler, President of International Longevity Centre in New York said "The number of U.S. centenarians is expected to reach between 834,000 to 1 million, by 2050".
The number of people who are 100 or over worldwide has already reached 450,000. The number almost increased tenfold over the last four decades. This symbolizes one in fifty women reaching the century and one in two hundred men.
Most people need to revisit their concept of middle and old age. Improved diet, better living conditions and more aggressive and better medical care for the elderly have been contributing factors to an increase in life expectancy.
At a time when the average life expectancy was 67 years, governments only needed to care for the aged for around 7 years. These statistics have changed dramatically. Governments now have deal with the crisis of caring for the aged, on a much larger and longer basis than originally designed.
At the University of Illinois Chicago, the professor of epidemiology, S. Jay Olshansky, says âWe can push the average life expectancy beyond the current average of 78 years (about 80 for a woman and 75 for a man) to 100.â The life average expectancy was just 49 years in 1904.
The million dollar question remains - how far will your superannuation fund stretch? How much money will you need in your retirement for: 10, 20 or even 40 years?
It's more important than ever, that you give serious thought to your financial future and get in control of your finances, is what all the experts are saying. There will be hundreds of thousands of people dependent on government agencies, which have no money.
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