October 13, 2022
4 Ways to Improve Your Odds of Living to 100
If you’re currently in your 60s, the odds that you’ll live to age 100 are about 5%. (Those who are currently younger have a better chance.)
So while there are several factors working against you, there are ways you can change your lifestyle now to improve the odds that you’ll become a centenarian as well.
CHC has details on four statistics that can increase your chances of seeing triple digits.
- Be Female
Statistics show that women in their 60s have a 6.5% chance of living to 100, whereas that number is 3.4% for men. This is a lifestyle factor you can’t control, but it does allow females to have a better chance of making it.
- Live in a City
Around 85% of people over 100 are living in a city or suburban area. It’s typically more common for people in these areas to have better access to medical care, social and cultural programs, and access to transportation.
- Stay Social
One study found that over 85% of centenarians were in daily contact with at least one friend or family member. Staying isolated increases the chance of poor health outcomes and death, so staying social is vital for one’s emotional well-being.
- Remaining Connected to Faith
One study found that attending religious services at least once per week adds four to 14 years to one’s life expectancy. In research conducted by National Geographic, they found that 258 out of 263 people over 100 that they surveyed belonged to a faith-based organization. This also may be connected to the previous point, as people belonging to a religious community also likely have a social connection to that organization.