How is America doing in the quest for longevity?

Not as well as other countries.

In 1990, there were 2.9 people aged 100 and over for every 10,000 people aged 65 and older around the world. By 2015, that share had grown to 7.4 and is expected to reach 23.6 by 2050.

According to a recent report, there are estimated to be 2.2 centenarians per 10,000 people, or about 72,000 in total in the United States.  Compare that to 4.1 per 10,000 in Italy and 4.8 per 10,000 in Japan.

Centenarians per 10,000 people aged 65 years and older

World (1990) 2.9 per 10,000 over 65
World (2015) 7.4 per 10,000      “
United States 2.2 per 10,000      “  72,000 total
Italy 4.1 per 10,000             “
Japan 4.8 per 10,000      “  61,000 total

However, while at 61,000, Japan has fewer centenarians in total than the U.S. It has 4.8 per 10,000, the highest proportion in the world, closely followed by Italy at 4.1.

Why live to 100 if those extra years are spent in misery?  Not so, says researchers

A recent study finds that those individuals who do live 100 years and beyond tend to delay the onset of age-related disease and infirmity.   Centenarians tended to get cancer 20 years later than other long-lived seniors.  [Medical News Today July 8, 2016]

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