The Reformation of Age and Ageing

The Reformation of Age and Ageing Population Ageing (2017) 10:201–205 DOI 10.1007/s12062-017-9200-8 Sarah Harper Published online: 10 August 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017 The 15th April 2017 saw the end of the final living link to the nineteenth century. Emma Morano died at her home in northern Italy aged 117, one of the five longest lived people in recorded history. Emma was born in November 1899 and is believed to have been the last survivor from the nineteenth Century. She survived two world wars and more than 90 Italian governments. Emma is succeeded by Violet Brown, a 117- year-old Jamaican woman. None has yet to achieve the longest recorded life, which is still held by Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 aged 122 years, 164 days - the longest documented human lifespan. In the eighteenth century, there were probably 10 centenarians in the whole of Europe, now there are 14,500 just in the UK, and by the end of the century it is projected that there will be close to 1.5 million. There are already over half a million over 90, and 850 people in the UK over 105. Yet we are still achieving these very long lives without the radical intervention Journal of Population Ageing Springer Journals

The Reformation of Age and Ageing

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Social Sciences; Demography; Aging; Geriatrics/Gerontology; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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