Longevity – What Are Your Odds

For the geeks among us that like to study statistics, or the gamblers among us who want to know the odds, let’s talk about what your statistical chances of living a long life are.

In the 20th century, the average life span increased an amazing 57%, from 49 in 1901 to 77 by the end of the century.  That’s the good news.  But, remember, there are 3 kinds of lies:

  1. Lies
  2. Damn Lies, and
  3. Statistics

If you delve a little deeper into that 57% increase in average life expectancy you’ll find that it is, in large part, due to the dramatic decrease in infant mortality.  Not particularly relevant to us old geezers.

According To The Social Security Administration

Since this is a website primarily directed at seniors (however you define that term), here is some potentially more relevant information  for you to consider which is based upon data compiled the the United States Social Security Administration:

  • A man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 83.
  • A woman turning age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 85.

And those are just averages. About one out of every four 65-year-olds today will live past age 90, and one out of 10 will live past age 95.

If you want to put a finer point on it, you can click here to go to the Social Security Administration’s Life Expectancy Calculator and input your actual date of birth and gender. The calculator will then give you your average projected life expectancy.

That sets the benchmark for Upgrading Seniors.  Naturally, we aspire to beat the odds by living longer than these norms.

In reality, “average” figures are just that, averages, so they have limited value too.  Average figures are pulled down by people who have made poor choices, like smoking, drinking excessively, being 100 pounds overweight, and subsisting on a diet of french fries and potato chips.

There are also a number of factors that averages cannot consider and which significantly impact your statistical probabilities.  Things such as:

  • You current health
  • You medical history
  • Your family’s medical history

all can have a significant affect on your longevity.

What You Can Do To Increase the Odds In Your Favor

Now that you know what the averages predict for you, you’re probably interested in knowing what you can do to “Upgrade” those odds.  If so, my article on Upgraded Longevity should be your next stop.



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