Centenarian numbers are increasing in America. According to a latest CDC report, the people aged 100 and over have reached a startling number ever since the start of 21st century.
The concept of someone living beyond a 100 years was considered a true miracle. All over the world, there were a handful of people who would live to see a century in their lives.
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Ever since we have stepped into the 21st century with the advance of medicine and technology, the life expectancy has also increased.
According to the latest CDC report, the mortality rate among people aged over 100 since 2000, has increased more than 43 percent, from 50,281 a decade and a half ago to 72,197 in 2014.
Dr. Maria Torroella Carney, chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at Northwell Health, in New Hyde Park, New York, commented that the continued increase in life expectancy and longevity goes to show the success of public health efforts and modern medicine.
The demographers are also impressed by this latest demographic. Women accounted for the surprising majority of long living population in 2014 which was more than 80 percent. According to the demographics, the death rates have declined for all demographic groups; white, black, Hispanic, female, male in the six years ending in 2014, the report said.
The hundred years and older population will be joined by more in years to come as the baby boomers are also nearing retirement age and a vast population of senior citizens will accumulate in America. According to experts, America is not ready to take care of such a great population of senior citizens.
According to the demographics, white people are leading the roster for aging as life spans are growing longer. The death rates for over 100 women dropped 14 percent in the six years ending in 2014, to 36.5 per 100 women, and by 20 percent to 33.2 per 100 men.
The death rates among other races have also declined among both men and women. Hispanic 100 years old had the lowest death rate, 22.3 per 100 people, compared with 39.3 per 100 whites and 28.6 per 100 blacks.
The causes of death recorded was caused by increased deaths from Alzheimer’s disease, up 119 percent from 2000 to 2014. So did the death rates from hypertension with 88 percent across the recording period, reported CBSNews.
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Death rates for influenza and pneumonia decreased by 48 percent, while death by stroke fell by 31 percent and for heart disease by 24 percent. Even so, heart disease remained the leading cause of death for centenarians in 2014.