Living to Age 100 Becoming Common

One of Caregiverlist's employees will be taking time off next week to visit her 100-year-old Grandmother who will soon turn 101.  Reaching age 100 doesn't receive as much attention as it did when my great-grandmothers turned that age.  Instead, reaching age 105 or 110 grabs the limelight now because more and more seniors are living to be 100.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population age 65 and older is projected to double between 2000 and 2050.  We have modern medicine to help us age a little better and with advances in nutrition and an easier lifestyle, Americans can expect to live way past retirement age.

This means seniors who retire in their 60's need to plan for their next 40 years - life is far from over at retirement.

The news media has picked up on a story about a Chinese senior this week.  The Chinese woman, at age 107, decided that she is interested in getting married because she does not want to be a burden on her relatives now that she can no longer do everything for herself.  She apparently did do all her own laundry and household tasks until recently.........although perhaps a husband is not the answer for help with those things?  I don't know, maybe it works differently in China.  In a country where arranged marriages are a common practice it is very impressive she has waited this long.  I wish her luck! , ,


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