Centenarian numbers have quadrupled in the UK

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New figures have shown that centenarian numbers have quadrupled in the UK over the past three decades.

According to the Office for National Statistics, a record number of 13780 people had reached the age of 100 and were still alive during 2013, compared to 3040 during 1983.

The figures indicate that last year, 710 of these were estimated to be 105 years or older.

The ONS stated that in the last 10 years alone, the number of people reaching the age of 100 has seen an increase of 71%.

During 2013, female centenarians outnumbered males of the same age by 586 to 100. This figure has declined from 823 females to 100 males during 2003.

The ONS classifies people over the age of 90 as ‘very old’, and have said that this number has almost trebled over the past three decades. In the UK, there are now 527240 classified as ‘very old’, and they constitute 0.8% of the overall population.

According to the report, the number of people reaching very old ages is continuing an upward climb.

Survival rates are higher in Wales and England than they are in Northern Ireland or Scotland. In 2013, those aged 90 and over numbered 840 per 100000 in England and Wales. This figure is higher than in Northern Ireland where there were 620, and in Scotland, where 707 were recorded.

In a bid to try and manage the costs related to people living longer, the government is increasing pension ages across the country.

In a separate report, the ONS stated that between 2011 and 2013, the most common age of death in the country was 89 for females and 86 for males. According to the national life tables data, life expectancy in Britain has increased slightly.

If mortality rates remained the same as at 2011-2013 during their lives, a newborn baby girl could have a life expectancy of 82.7, and a boy 78.9. Previous figures, which were released during March, indicated a life expectancy of 82.6 for girls and 78.7 for boys.

The oldest person in the UK, Ethel Lang, celebrated her 114th birthday during May.

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