People Are Living Longer – Especially Women

    January 8, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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It has long been the case that the average life expectancy for women has been higher than for men. Whatever the cause for this discrepancy, a new study has once again confirmed that women tend to be longer-lived.

The study, published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, shows that women could make up over 85% of those who reach age 100. This percentage increases to over 89% of those who live to be at least 105.

The study looked at around 1.8 million people over the age of 65 living in Ontario, Canada. Researchers looked at data among this population between 1995 and 2010. They found that the number of people over the age of 100 in the study increased from 1069 to 1842 (over 72%) during that 15-year period. The number of people aged 85 to 99 also increased by nearly 90% during those years.

“Our study highlights that older people are living longer, and women make up a significant proportion of centenarians,” said Dr. Paula Rochon, lead author of the study and researcher at Women’s College Research Institute. “The predominance of women among those of advanced age challenges us to consider tailoring health and social care to meet their particular needs.”

Among the interesting facts uncovered in the study include the fact that 20% of the people in the study lived independently, while over 25% used public home care. Though 95% of those in the study saw a primary care provider (this is Canada, remember), only 5.3% had a geriatrician.

“We need a better understanding of who centenarians are, and how and when they use the health care system in order to improve their health service delivery,” said Rochon.

  • Spoiled Woman

    Whatever the cause? It is because women are catered to in our society and men die early because of the stress that comes with dealing with women. Yeah it is also Canada where their people actually get taken care of by their government. It may not be perfect in Canada but it is a lot better than the US. And don’t tell me Canadians pay more in taxes because once you add up how much we get nickeled and dimed, we pay just as much and don’t get anything.

    But in general, women make the lives of men a living hell and they are catered to in society. This explains the difference. However, who really wants to live to be 100? It is not like you are 20 or 40 and can do anything you really want. Play sports, run like the wind, screw like rabbits, and generally, just have fun. Then Alzheimers sets in and that sucks.

    Plus, at the rate we are going, I doubt we will last another 100 years. I see a Third World War occurring in the next 30 years and we are all really screwed if that happens. Hell, with all this survellience, our country might not even be free within the next 15.