Nonagenarians by the handsful

There’s a nifty set of brief stories in the Sunday BBC News magazine, How we got to 90 By Tom Geoghegan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7016844.stm

There are more centenarians then ever, according to new estimates. But those who turn 100 must first make it into their 90s – a landmark age that was all but unimaginable when they were born.

Ninety is the new 80, it seems, and the increasing number of people reaching that milestone has contributed to a record number of 100-year-olds.

There were an estimated 9,000 centenarians in England and Wales last year, an increase of 7.5% on the previous year.

The major factors, says an Office of National Statistics report, are increased survival rates between 80 and 100 due to improvements in hygiene and sanitation, improved food, housing and living standards and medical treatment.

Reaching 90 in the post-war period was a rare event but now many lead fit and active lives. Here some of them talk about life at 90.

The newsfeed on the sidebar (at the bottom for those of you using MS Internet Explorer) is a crude way to track the increasing number of people who celebrate their 90-something birthdays. It’s not just the numbers and not just the “stories”. As a kid, I was in awe of meeting anyone 90+; it was a unique experience. There’s something about the way the human species and society has changed that is reflected in even having a blog category of “nonagenarian”. But if you track the newsfeed (and read the article) you’ll also find lives that reflect that we have such a long way to go to maximize everyone’s contributions.

[The newsfeed, when it functions, is http://tinyurl.com/2sgdbr or the longish version, which you can copy and paste into your own news reader but remove all the spaces. I had to add spaces so it would wrap correctly for you to view.
http://news.google.com/news?svnum=10&tab=wn&client=firefox-a& ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8& rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial& as_drrb=q&as_qdr=w&as_mind=16&as_minm=6& as_maxd=23&as_maxm=6& q=age+90+OR+91+OR+92+OR+93+OR+94+OR+95+OR+96+OR+97+OR+98& auth=DQAAAH0AAADF16CVTK-dZNTSMnBN1gsn_2JOePX8bvD8agNWJum7cGlPN1H61zNpQxat8mHmcJH3JSldEGPc_ sklPqXf77zlyhCc_bjAr1qTCbIXvqTC-gwSITa8KqbCutFPEY2ITk7KhquWkf8Fb9BDmXBkBaWjXqKdorP9j5EevRmPsbq5pQ& output=atom

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1 Response to “Nonagenarians by the handsful”


  1. 1 Muriel Schmidt 2008 August 27 at 5:56 am

    Hello– this excellent article is relating to the groups in the British Isles.. Can you give stats on the number of nonagenarians living today ( 2008) in the USA ?
    separate womem and men please.. thanks. m schmidt


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