Women are more likely to live to 100

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

New fig­ures re­veal women in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are al­most eight times more likely to reach their 100th birth­day, com­pared to men.

Re­cent govern­ment sta­tis­tics show there are five male cen­te­nar­i­ans across South La­nark­shire – com­pared to 39 fe­males.

Fig­ures from Na­tional Records of Scot­land show the to­tal pop­u­la­tion of South La­nark­shire is 316,230 and 2,108 peo­ple aged over 90.

The records show 0.7 per cent of South La­nark­shire’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion are aged over 90, the same as the Scot­tish av­er­age.

In South La­nark­shire 1.4 peo­ple out of ev­ery 10,000 are aged over 100 com­pared to a Scot­tish av­er­age of 1.7 per 10,000 peo­ple.

The break­down of South La­nark­shire’s 2108 peo­ple aged over 90 is: 496 peo­ple aged 90; 398 aged 91; 325 aged 92; 263 aged 93; 205 aged 94; 157 aged 95; 78 aged 96; 71 aged 97; 46 aged 98; 25 aged 99; and 44 aged over 100.

The fig­ures re­late to June 2015, the most up- to- date avail­able. They es­ti­mate that in 2015 there were 900 cen­te­nar­i­ans liv­ing in Scot­land, an in­crease of 67 per cent from the es­ti­mate of 540 in 2005.

The ma­jor­ity of cen­te­nar­i­ans are women.

In 2015, women ac­counted for 780 of Scot­land’s cen­te­nar­i­ans ( 87 per cent) while around 120 men had reached the mile­stone.

But the num­ber of male cen­te­nar­i­ans more than dou­bled be­tween 2005 and 2015, in­creas­ing from 50 to 120, while the num­ber of fe­males in­creased from 490 to 780 dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Across Scot­land, the num­ber of peo­ple aged 90 to 99 in­creased from 27,990 in 2005 to 38,890 in 2015, an in­crease of 39 per cent.

The num­ber of men aged 90 to 99 in­creased from 6360 to 11,300 be­tween 2005 and 2015, an in­crease of 78 per cent. The num­ber of fe­males aged 90 to 99 in­creased from 21,630 to 27,590 dur­ing the same pe­riod, up 28 per cent.

Tim El­lis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Na­tional Records of Scot­land, said: “When the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion of cen­te­nar­i­ans was born, dur­ing or be­fore the First World War, liv­ing to 100 years old was very un­com­mon.

“How­ever, this has changed since the be­gin­ning of the 21st cen­tury when es­ti­mates showed there were around 500 peo­ple aged 100 years old and over in Scot­land.

“Th­ese lat­est fig­ures show the num­ber of cen­te­nar­i­ans has in­creased by more than two thirds in the last ten years.”

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