The number of people living in the UK aged 100 increased by 73% in the decade to 2012, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In 2012 there were 13,350 centenarians living in Britain, from 7,740 in 2002. The ONS also said life expectancy in Britain had “reached its highest level on record for both males and females”. A newborn boy could live 78.7 years, and a girl, 82.6 years, if mortality rates stayed the same for 2010 and 2012 in the UK, it said.
Meanwhile, a man aged 65 in the UK could expect to live for 18.2 years, a 40% increase in the 30 years to 2012, and a 65-year-old woman, for 20.7 years, a 25% increase. The life expectancy gap between sexes had narrowed to four years, when it was measured between 2010 and 2012, from six years between 1980 and 1982, said the ONS.